I finally finished this digital illustration of Baby Groot that I started working on in May after I watched “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”
Here is my Artist Statement for CRAZY FACE.
CRAZY FACE was born from a desire to break away from making non-objective abstract paintings and challenge myself to explore new ideas. I enjoyed the process of creating abstract paintings but I felt my work was becoming predictable and I was growing too reliant on my bag of tricks. I wasn’t challenging myself and I needed to step outside of my comfort zone. Sometimes you have to set the house on fire and build a new one. I wanted to introduce a representational element into my work and painting faces was a natural choice. But I also wanted to find a new or different way to paint faces. I decided that I would create “Mr. Potato Head” faces by painting individual facial features (eyes, ears, noses and mouths) on scraps of paper and use those paintings to construct mixed media collage paintings of faces. In many ways the work was inspired by artists like Francis Bacon, Berlin, David Lynch, Wade Hampton, Andrew Salgado, Dave Kinsey, Dave Mckean and many others but one of the biggest influences on this series was Hannah Scott. Hannah created a similar series of faces in 2015 and they left a lasting impression on me. I would argue that Hannah is the better artist. Her work is always incredibly well crafted, thoughtful, humorous and creative. I never know what to expect from her. I would also argue that she is the best portrait artist in Wichita. I don’t think anyone in Wichita has drawn more faces than Hannah (thanks to Stamp Yo Face), I like to show with artists that are masters of their craft. I like to be the worst artist in the room. I want to be challenged. I want to be inspired. I want to work with people that encourage me to be a better artist. Hannah is definitely one of those artists. It seemed like a no-brainer to ask her to share a wall with me. Hopefully these 8 paintings are the start of a crazy new direction.
I just want to thank all of the wonderful people that stopped by DEMO tonight to see the CRAZY FACE exhibition. It was really great to see all of you. I also want to thank Hannah Scott for being an awesome friend and collaborator. And I want to thank Ian Stewart (AKA Big Mention) for making this show happen. And I also want to thank the wonderful staff at DEMO for being such great hosts. And I also want to thank all of the awesome people that liked and/or shared my Facebook posts about the show.
The show will remain on view for several weeks. I will make a more formal announcement about the closing date of the exhibit very soon. You can stop by DEMO anytime during regular business hours and check out the show.
Saturday – Noon – 7:00 pm
Sunday – 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Monday – Closed
Tuesday – Noon – 7:00 pm
Wednesday – Noon – 7:00 pm
Thursday – Noon – 7:00 pm
Friday – Noon – 7:00 pm
DEMO is located at 617 W Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67213 (Between
L’image and Picasso’s Pizzeria)
I’m happy to officially announce that I will be exhibiting with the insanely talented Hannah Scott at Demo this Final Friday. This exhibition should be really fun.
CRAZY FACE – Art by Hannah Scott and Dustin Parker – Demo – 617 W Douglas Ave – Final Friday, August 25th – 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm – https://www.facebook.com/events/482206825472926
Art exhibition featuring new drawings and paintings by Hannah Scott and Dustin Parker
About Hannah Scott
Born and raised in the Midwest, Hannah Scott currently lives and works as an artist and business owner in Wichita, Kansas. She graduated with her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Studio Art from Wichita State University in the Fall of 2014, and is now co-owner of Stamp Yo Face!, a two-person business specializing in hand-drawn rubber portrait stamps.
About Dustin Parker
Dustin Parker is an artist. As an infant, a box of crayons ignited his passion for creating art and that fire continues to burn in his veins. He grew up drawing robots and dinosaurs on his spelling tests and constructing his own action figures out of construction paper and scotch tape. As an adult, Parker earns his nacho money designing logos, drawing illustrations and selling paintings in art galleries. Parker procrastinates about writing and illustrating his first graphic novel but is proficient at wasting time drawing zombies, skulls and dinosaurs. He is nourished by David Lynch films, Chuck Palahniuk novels, Smashing Pumpkins songs and comic books.
Wade Hampton has been drawing illustrations for The Shocker Magazine’s “Marginalia” entries for almost 16 years. Nobody has drawn WuShock more times than Wade. Wade decided it was time to pass the torch to another artist and I’m happy, honored and humbled to be that artist. I have very big shoes to fill. My first issue is out now. I hope all of you enjoy my illustrations as much as I enjoyed creating them. Thanks to Wade for suggesting me and thanks to Connie White for hiring me to draw silly illustrations of WuShock. WuShock is really fun to draw and I can’t wait to start working on the next issue.