Lucinda Parker creates dynamic paintings inspired by and abstracted from natural forms. Her latest show features works informed by the dominant volcanic mountains of the Northwest, and their points of intersection with the sky that embraces them. Her show title, All clouds choose the loftiest peak to pile themselves upon, is excerpted from Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, and the paintings she has made expand on the visually powerful relationship of earth to sky. As with previous work, her focus remains on the handling of the paint itself: the textures, layers and volumes that create what Parker terms the “muscular boldness” of an image. Parker is engaged by the often unexpected fusion of texture, gesture and geometry that evolves in her paintings.
Originally, from Boston, Lucinda Parker received a BA jointly from Reed College and the Pacific Northwest College of Art, in Portland, OR, and an MFA from Pratt Institute, New York. Her work has been exhibited at numerous one-person shows throughout the Pacific Northwest and nationally. The Portland Art Museum honored her with a mid-career retrospective in 1995, and the Boise Art Museum presented a one-person exhibition of her work in 2002. She was also included in the Bonnie Bronson Fellows twenty-year retrospective at Lewis and Clark College, Portland. Parker’s work is part of collections throughout the Northwest. Major public collections include the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University, the Portland Art Museum and the Seattle Art Museum. Public commissions can be found at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland City Hall, and a new federal courthouse in Bakersfield, California, among others.
In 2013, she was among the first artists-in-residents selected by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to work for a month in Captiva, Florida. The resulting painting is now in the collection of and on permanent public display at Reed College in Portland, purchased with the support of a grant from The Ford Family Foundation.