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Kenneth E. Parris III
Brooklyn, NY

ARTIST STATEMENT: Through mixed media paintings, graphite drawings, and watercolor, my work explores interpersonal relationships and the human condition to consider how one’s actions affect the surrounding human landscape. With a multidisciplinary practice, intense on research and process, layers of image, paint, type, and paper become a tactile representation of the act of questioning how we relate to and form systems of belief—social, political and/or religious. I am looking beyond barriers associated with race, gender, and self-identity to appeal to more of a visceral connection by focusing on our common struggle. Anchored in the human form and tension, the work is a personification of manipulative forces. I am striving to make work that is a catalyst for an open exchange of thought and create some permanence to what is too often overlooked.

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Born 1975, lives and works in Brooklyn, New York

Jacob’s Pillow “104 Work Weeks: On Tour With the Merce Cunningham Dance Company” Becket, MA 2014
Mayson Gallery “104 Work Weeks: On Tour With the Merce Cunningham Dance Company” New York, NY 2013
JSF Contemporary “104 Work Weeks: On Tour With the Merce Cunningham Dance Company” Philadelphia, PA 2012
G Gallery “104 Work Weeks: On Tour With the Merce Cunningham Dance Company” Houston, TX 2012
Chashama 217 “104 Work Weeks: On Tour With the Merce Cunningham Dance Company” New York, NY 2011
The Knapp Gallery and 511 Presents “With All Your Lies, You’re Still Very Loveable” New York, NY 2009
The Knapp Gallery “Pulling Focus” Philadelphia, PA 2008
G Gallery “Restless” Houston, TX 2007

Repair The World, NYC “The ’91 Violence” Brooklyn, NY 2016
Tabla Rasa Gallery “ARS NOVA” Brooklyn, NY 2016
Rush Arts Gallery “Bombay Sapphire & Russell Simmons Artisan Series” New York, NY 2015
Etta Place “Truck Yeah: A Mobile Meet Up” Williamsburg, NY 2011
Spoil Me Fashion & Samantha House Jewelry “Fashion Week Exhibition, On The Ave Hotel” New York, NY 2011
JSF Contemporary “Summer Showroom” Philadelphia, PA 2011
Rush Arts Gallery “Bombay Sapphire & Russell Simmons Artisan Series” New York, NY 2010
JSF Contemporary & McNeill Art Group, Tribeca Project Space “The Six” New York, NY 2010
Skateistan, Afghanistan’s Co-educational Skateboarding School “Auction & Benefit” New York, NY 2010
H.O.W. Journal, Helping Orphans Worldwide “Springy, Spring, Spring: Fundraiser” New York, NY 2010
JSF Contemporary “Selected Artists” Philadelphia, PA 2010
Gallery 225 “Art Live 2009” New York, NY 2009
Collective Hardware & The de L’autonomy Mission “Ocular Echoism: The Party No. II” New York, NY 2009
PULSE New York Contemporary Art Fair New York, NY 2009
SCOPE Hamptons Contemporary Art Fair “Push Pull Series” East Hampton, NY 2008
Gawker Media Headquarters “Art@Gawker” New York, NY 2008
World Of Wonder Storefront Gallery “depARTed; Before They Expired They Inspired” Hollywood, CA 2008
FUEL Collection “Parris New York Philadelphia” Philadelphia, PA 2007
Arnold Worldwide “Selected Works” at the Advertising Agency New York, NY 2006
Studio Show “Moments of Clarity—A Celebration of Art and Music” Brooklyn, NY 2005
Bevier Gallery, RIT “Looking Back to the Future—100 Years of Art at RIT” Rochester, NY 2003
Gallery Lombardi, Contemporary Fine Arts “Art After Hours” Austin, TX 2002
Austin Modern Art Gallery “The New Originals” Austin, TX 2002
Austin Modern Art Gallery “Christmas Presence” Austin, TX 2001
Guadalupe Arts Center “Revealing the Essence” Austin, TX 2001

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Rochester, NY
Bachelors of Fine Arts in Illustration with Honors May 1998
Associates of Applied Science in Graphic Design with Honors May 1996
Concentration in Philosophy

Aimee Rubensteen, “Divided Brooklyn Neighborhood Finds Healing Power In Art. Crown Heights art exhibition responds to 25th anniversary of the Crown Heights Riots” NY Blueprint (Aug 23, 2016)
Lauren Gill, “Sunset goes Nova: ‘New Art’ shows scene is blowing up” The Brooklyn Paper (Jan 13, 2016)
Yvonna Russell, “Chashama” The Huffington Post (April 2, 2014)
Kerry Stichweh & Michael Williams, “DEVOTION Melissa Toogood & Kenneth E. Parris III” Imagista (Nov 26, 13)
Nancy Wozny, “Wide open spaces: Dancers performing in art galleries is an idea whose time has come” CultureMap Houston (Aug 2, 2012)
CultureMap Houston, Critics Pick Five (Plus) by Nancy Wozny, Houston, Texas (May 2012)
Theodore Bale, “Dancers’ lives: Exhibit explores moments off stage” Houston Chronicle (April 28, 2012) Vol 111, No 198 Star E2
TimeOut New York, Critics Pick, New York, New York (Dec 29, 2011-Jan 11, 2012) Issue 842, 56.
Alison Kjeldgaard, “The End of a Dancing Era Captured On Paper” GALO Magazine, (Dec 29, 2011)
Alastair Macaulay, “Hard to Grasp But Harder To Say Farewell” Seven images of work illustrate article, The New York Times, (Dec 25, 2011) Sunday Print Edition, Vol CLXI, No 55, 630. Arts & Leisure
Kate Dries, “The Artist Kenneth E. Parris III is doing something cool” Onstage/Backstage Covering Chicago’s Theater Scene, (Dec 6, 2011)
Paul Schmelzer, “Working-Class Grace: Ken Parris on Sketching the Merce Cunningham Dance Company” Walker Art Center Magazine (Oct 31, 2011)
Peter Trippi, “On Tour With Dancers” Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine (Oct 2011)
Susan Keefe, “Sketched Dancer Depictions” Trend Hunter Art & Design (Sept 8, 2011)
Manuel Culler, “Dibujando a Merce Cunningham: Un artista de Nueva York documenta en dibujos la gira final de la compañía de uno de los genios de la danza” El País Madrid (June 15, 2011)
ArtsBeat, “Drawing Dance: Scenes From The Merce Cunningham Legacy Tour” by The New York Times (June 13, 2011)
Pam Fessler, “Make Pillows, Not Torture” The Two-Way NPR’s News Blog (June 5, 2009)
Erin Pettigrew, “Art@Gawker opens with the work of Ken Parris” Gawker Media (Sept 2, 2008)
Holly Otterbein, “Catch It or Regret It” Philadelphia City Paper (Dec 31, 2007) 22.
Tria Wood, “Kenneth E. Parris III: Restless” Arts Houston Magazine (Apr 2007) 29.
Dusti Rhodes, “Designer Frames” Houston Press (Mar 8, 2007)
Dee Dee Vega, “Of Trash and Tyranny: The Art of Kenneth E. Parris III” Fringe Underground Art Star (Feb 2006)

Art Editor of H.O.W. Journal, 2010-Present
Creative Director of indie rock band My Jerusalem, 2009-Present
Work selected for Bombay Sapphire & Russell Simmons Artisan Series, Oct 2011 & Oct 2015
Performed in Rashaun Mitchell: NOX at Danspace Project, Jan 2013
Accepted into chashama’s Workspace Program (Studio Artist Grant), June 2012
Awarded a space grant through chashama’s Presentation Program, Dec 2011
Awarded Addy Awards (American Advertising Federation of Austin) Bronze 2003, 2002, and Gold 2001

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