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Born in 1940's Auckland, JS Parker attended Ilam School of Fine Arts in Canterbury from 1962 to 1966, graduating with an Honours degree in painting, before being awarded the prestigious Frances Hodgkins Fellowship at the University of Otago in 1975.
Highly influenced by the meditative compositional structure of Mondrian and the physicality and process of Pollock, Parker'sparticular style of abstraction is a reflection on his inspirationby both nature (his surroundings in the Canterbury Plains) andmusic (his affinity for Classical and Jazz). His work expresses that inspiration through a fine handling of both composition and application that creates a sense of balance and finesse in thework. Parker's sculpting of the painted surface promotes a sense ofdepth that allows his large bands and blocks of colour to occupy space without encroaching on one another. The cumulative effect ofParker's work is that of a contemplative and rhythmical abstractionof nature.
Parker's work is held in a number of major private and public collections throughout New Zealand and internationally. In 2002 he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the inrecognition of his services to painting in New Zealand.