José Parlá - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale Hong Kong Sunday, November 24, 2019 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Donated directly by the artist

  • Exhibited

    Hong Kong Contemporary Art (HOCA) Foundation, José Parlá - Textures of Memory, Curated by Dieter Buchhart, 18 September - 11 October 2019

  • Catalogue Essay

    Brooklyn-based visual contemporary artist José Parlá is critically acclaimed for his colourful multidisciplinary practice that blurs the lines between art, architecture, identity and environment.

    With influences drawing from his Cuban-American heritage, involvement with Hip Hop’s underground art culture and his city surroundings, Parlá has established a style of painting that transforms the language of the street into a hybrid form of abstraction and urban realism. Finding inspiration in city walls tarnished from years of neglect, the artist’s vibrantly elaborate paintings capture the rawness of urban decay, revealing hidden narratives as the layers are unpacked.

    Both Friends Around Town and Reason Random Season are prime examples of Parlá uniquely improvisational approach, as he combines painted marks rendered in acrylic and oil, with plaster and collages of found ephemera. Complex in their execution, both striking canvases invite the viewer to dissect their surfaces from an archaeologist’s point of view. The more Parlá’s works are engaged with, the more detail emerges in their layered surfaces, strengthening their narratives as their urban histories are revealed.

    Widely celebrated for his permanent installations of large-scale murals, Parla has also exhibited worldwide, presenting solo shows in recent years at the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in New York (2019), the Neuberger Museum of Art (2018), SCAD Museum of Art (2017), Brand New Gallery in Milan, Italy (2017) and at the YoungArts in Miami (2016).

HOCA Foundation Benefit Auction


Friends Around Town

signed, titled and dated, 'Jose Parla "Friends Around Town" 2019 J Parla' on the reverse
acrylic, oil, collage and plaster on canvas
101.6 x 127 cm. (40 x 50 in.)
Executed in 2019.

HK$420,000 - 520,000 

Sold for HK$525,000

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Danielle So
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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 25 November 2019