A Colorado native, Scott W. Parker began his artistic career in high
school, earning prestigious internships with established artists, and
winning the Gold Key Award at the National Scholastic Art and Photo
Show. Parker went on to study at the University of Kansas, the Lorenzo
Di Medici Institute in Florence, Italy, and, then, on to the School
of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he received his Bachelor of Fine
Arts in August, 1994.
In the 10 years since studying at the Art Institute of Chicago, Parker
has established himself as one of Chicago’s premiere emerging
artists. The City of Chicago has embraced his work, from his series
on Chicago Bascule Bridges, for which a popular poster was printed,
and participation in several Department of Cultural Affairs projects,
including the widely-viewed “Cows on Parade” in 1999.
Parker has consistently mounted solo exhibits in Chicago, Denver, and
New Jersey, and has participated in group exhibits in Chicago, New York,
Bozeman, Montana, and Marblehead, Massachusetts.
Parker’s work can also be found in collections ranging from the
Anschutz Collection in Denver, Booz, Allen and Hamilton in Chicago,
and the Forbes Collection in New York, amongst notable others.
While producing a steady stream of strong works on canvas, Parker established
a wholesale business in Chicago, Bread and Butter Housewares, to develop
lines of decorative art pieces for the home.
His success as an artist with an established city studio, however, is
only the beginning of the story. . . .
Parker’s love of the outdoors, stemming from his upbringing in
Colorado, led him to a dream of taking to the open road and working
outside, and on site of his subjects. In the fall of 2002, Parker realized
his dream with an ambitious and dedicated undertaking: to document 58
of the United State’s diverse and notable National Parks in oil,
pastel, through the lens of a camera, and in writing.
Parker shuttered his Chicago studio with a two-year plan, and in the
first year of his project produced more than 125 works, hundreds of
photographs, and pages of corresponding written documentation of his
travels. His momentum continued at the same clip for the second year.
With the exception of several air expeditions into the Alaskan tundra,
and out to the Hawaiian and Dry Tortugas Islands, Parker pursued his
National Parks Project by driving in a specially outfitted and self-sufficient
Jeep. He crossed the Al-Can Highway, drove from Lassen Volcanic Park
to Acadia, down to Biscayne, and through the Badlands.
With a strong body of work and compelling dedication to his project,
Parker is beginning to garner attention from the art community where
he established his early career.
Parker hopes to bring his National Parks Collection not only to galleries
across the United States, but also to schools, where he believes his
work can educate and most inspire.
Since completing the project in the Fall of 2004, Scott has moved on
to a new kind of wilderness: New York City, where he has set up a studio.
He can be reached by email at email@example.com.