Peter Saul + Erik Parker Exhibition
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This exhibition marks the first showing of Peter Saul’s work in Japan within his extensive career and will be Erik Parker’s second presentation with the gallery. Saul is today recognized as one of the fathers of the Pop Art movement due to the rediscovery of his works that incorporate cartoon images such as Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse in reference to an issue of MAD magazine that he had come across in 1958, his colorful and distinctive style had indeed been born as a result of his faithfulness towards his personal interests and obsessions.
While Parker describes the roots of his works as deriving inspiration from underground comics such as MAD magazine, satirical illustrations, and graffiti, most significant influence was his experience of studying with artist Peter at the University of Texas at Austin. Parker’s distinctly fantastical portraits and landscapes that consist of a natural yet chaotic combination of vivid colors and diverse motifs is indeed underpinned by Saul’s teachings, with its emphasis on remaining faithful to a sense of creativity that is born through looking into oneself sharply and profoundly without being bound by conventional rules. Realized through the proposal and organization of Erik Parker, this will be the first exhibition for the two artists who have long continued to maintain a master and pupil relationship.