Friends Around Town

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  • 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).

  • Catalogue Essay



    《城鎮朋友》和《理性 隨機 季節》兩件作品皆是帕拉以其獨特即興手法所創作出的代表佳作,結合了壓克力顏料及油彩的筆觸,加上石膏及現成物拼貼。創作出繁衍豐富的質地,兩幅精湛的作品無非像是在邀請觀眾化身為考古學家來仔細考究每個細節。帕拉越是投入,畫面層次表現上就呈現越多細節,隨著都會歷史被層層揭露,畫面中敘事性也愈加強烈。

    帕拉以大型壁畫的永久裝置而聞名,展覽遍及世界各地,近年來在紐約布萊斯・沃爾科維茨畫廊(2019年)、紐伯格美術館(2018年)、SCAD美術館(2017年)、義大利米蘭Brand New畫廊(2017年)和邁阿密的YoungArts(2016年)。

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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 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 25 November 2019