‘Yer So Bad’

Jan 10, 2015

New York City

From today on, Jonathan LeVine gallery presents Yer So Bad – the second solo exhibition with Amsterdam-based Dutch artist Parra.

Yer So Bad showcases a continuation of Parra’s witty and salacious post-pop imagery. Titled after the Tom Petty song, “Yer So Bad,” which tells the story of a girl who marries a ‘yuppie’ and takes him for all he’s worth, this exhibition features the artist’s signature hybrid figures and freeform typography in works on canvas and paper. With an aesthetic rooted in Pop Art and the experimental graphics of the 1960s, Parra’s multi-disciplinary work spans cohesively across drawing, painting and animation.

As Parra told us in our interview, uses “the everyday and the awkward” as his source of inspiration, creating pieces that he describes as fast and freestyle. His flat compositions are accented with graphic lines and reminiscent of works by Keith Haring and Roy Lichtenstein, both of which attempted to challenge the traditional norms of painting through their depiction of popular culture. Similarly, Parra derives his content from the modern world and produces bawdy scenes that range from sarcastic and introspective, to daring and nonsensical.


Lost Him


Jonathan LeVine

January 10 – February 7, 2015
557C West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011