15.12.08 by Jeff

José Parlá

I hope to one day meet José Parlá. There are a lot of similarities between his work and the work of SheOne. Abstracted letterforms, quite poetic. Perhaps similar to the way Thom Yorke sings, repeating words, making sounds the way an instrument would.

jose parla painter painting graffiti street art artist

jose parla painter painting graffiti street art artist

jose parla painter painting graffiti street art artist

jose parla painter painting graffiti street art artist

jose parla painter painting graffiti street art artist

jose parla painter painting graffiti street art artist

jose parla painter painting graffiti street art artist

jose parla painter painting graffiti street art artist

jose parla painter painting graffiti street art artist

Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • Jolin

    always good stuff coming from jose!!



    CONTACT: LISA BOTOS – info@ooibotos.com


    Ooi Botos Gallery is pleased to announce Reading Through Seeing, an exhibition by contemporary artist José Parlá, on view 14 May through 11 July 2009. This will be the artist’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong and will showcase new paintings, works on paper, photographs and ceramic works. The exhibition will take place during Art HK 09 and will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with essays by scholars Alexandra Chang of New York University — Asia Pacific Center and critical theorist and art historian Michael Betancourt.

    José Parlá’s new works are inspired by his recent travels in France, Japan and the United Kingdom. Parlá’s unique and playful inscriptions and diary-like gestures with his trademark hand–writing recall his personal observations of how the idiosyncratic behavior of anonymous individuals on those distant streets distinctly impact each geographical environment.

    The complexity of José Parlá’s mixed media paintings is based on the layering of images and paraphernalia collected from his daily encounters at home and his adventures abroad, interpreted through his dynamic gestural process. Interleaved through each work is Parlá’s calligraphic script, which infuses each piece with vibrancy, energy and meaning.

    Memories, thoughts, ideas, quotes, phrases, conversations and observations scrawled in Parlá’s instantly recognizable, flowing script reflect his characteristic fusion of writing and painting, word and image. His brushwork depicts walls in the city, or in rural areas outside of urban centers, while his mélange of imagery and words hint at stories within stories, an evocation of the places that have deeply affected him.

    The story-telling nature of José Parlá’s work is mesmerizing. At first glance, his paintings are reminiscent of an abandoned street alley, but as one’s eyes linger, one realizes the density and complexity of overflowing imagery. Parlá’s innate gift of capturing both the chaos and the tranquility of the city has moved countless viewers.

    About José Parlá

    José Parlá is a New-York based artist whose paintings reflect the way in which cities function as palimpsests. Born in Miami, Parlá traveled in the Caribbean, South America, Asia and Europe in the 1990s before settling permanently in New York. His work has been collected and exhibited by Agnes B. Galerie Du Jour in Paris and Takashi Murakami’s Kai Kai Ki Ki gallery in Tokyo. Major recent exhibitions include, The New Grand Tour showing in Hong Kong and Beijing (2007-08), Adaptation / Translation at Elms Lesters Painting Rooms in London (2008), and Layered Days with Cristina Grajales’ Soho gallery in New York City (2008).

    About Ooi Botos Gallery

    Ooi Botos is Hong Kong’s leading avant-garde gallery specializing in photography, digital media, video and installation. In fact, the José Parlá exhibition marks a departure from Ooi Botos’ customary program, with Parlá being the only painter represented by the gallery. Ooi Botos is dedicated to exposing the public to art forms rarely seen in Hong Kong to raise the level of discourse about art in Asia.

    Ooi Botos is located at 5 Gresson Street, Wanchai, Hong Kong.
    Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday 11.30 A.M. – 3 P.M. and 6 P.M. – 8 P.M., Saturday 11 A.M. – 6 P.M. Tel. +852 2527 9733



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  • I had the wonderful opportunity to work with Jose a couple years ago when he came for a residency at my college, he is most certainly an incredible artist and a wonderful person. Watching him work in our studio was such a great learning experience. It’s great to see his new work. Brilliant as always.

    • where was that? sounds like an amazing experience – its really the best way to learn just to watch someone else work, they don’t even have to say anything


  • I enjoy his work so much. Love the curves of his writings/tagging. Nice to see his work on this page.

  • kaz

    as an art student i have falling in love with you work its fantastic!

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