José Parlá

Feb 8, 2013


José Parlá’s vibrant works explore the multi-layered histories of cities and urban environments; his paintings and site-specific installations are created both in his large carriage house studio as well as outside throughout city surfaces. His expressive painting style and layers of ephemera and found objects combined with calligraphic abstraction have a lyrical feel to them, are uniquely his. His current exhibition Broken Language presents new paintings, works on paper, photographs and sculptures throughout Haunch of Venison’s three gallery spaces.

Parla’s paintings are made in reaction to the urban environment; they are impressions of what we are surrounded by, a response to the energy that courses through every city. Parla brings beauty to ruggedness and decay, and a language of his very own to what he sees and feels around him. He says: “For most of my life I have experienced being in transition and migration. This feeling allows me to bring the broken languages of the global community and its conditions into the gallery. My work is an empire of fragmented cacophonies, observed performances, palimpsestic musical gestures, and topographical compositions governing the essence of the cities I’ve travelled through.”

José Parlá

Haunch of Venison

February 8 – March 28, 2013
103 New Bond Street
London W1S 1ST