|"Osteria" 66" x 72"|
|"La Porta Verso La Luce" 60"x72" 2009|
|"Wait Here" 66" x 78" 2007|
|"Doppo Mezzanotte" 68" x 72" 2006|
|"Notta Serena" 66" x 72" 2009|
I've never been to Venice. Until now.
Tom Parish was born in Minnesota with an English name from French and Finnish parents but his heart belongs to Venice, Italy. He's been painting scenes from his beloved city for a decade. He's captured the place in many moods from bright sunlit days to cool quiet nights. He seems to look especially for those hidden corners that all cities possess, those small places where one can imagine that the crowds simply cease to exist. There is a kind of emotional magic in those urban spaces where one can feel alone with the massive built environment that surrounds you. How much more powerful that feeling must be in a place as old and surreal as Venice. But his paintings include moments with people as well. Again they're quiet moments, not trying to depict the hectic pulse at the heart of any city but the simple moments of individuals in their daily routines. Looking through these paintings is likely to make you put Venice on the top of your list of places you must someday see.
To see more online you can check out the gallery through the link above or look through the artist's website: tomparish.net