José Parlá takes Japan

We're thrilled to announce the latest show from our lovely and gifted friend, José Parlá:
Yuka Tsuruno Gallery is pleased to present “Small Golden Suns,” a solo exhibition by New York-based painter José Parlá, running September 10 through December 3, 2016. This is Parlá’s long awaited second solo show in Japan, after his first extensive one-man showcase held in 2013.

Centering on the titular large-scale work “Small Golden Suns,” in which Parlá’s rhythmic, calligraphic brushwork is overlaid onto a vividly colored background, this exhibition will feature around 10 of his most recent works in various sizes, painted simultaneously over a one-year period. The series embodies Parlá’s concern for the plight of children around the world, extending his blessing towards these “small suns,” while also alluding to the importance of being exposed to art from an early age, as well as the power of art and its infinite possibilities.



Parlá was born in Miami in 1973. An alumnus of the Savannah College of Art and Design and New World School of the Arts, he is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Although Parlá has taken on a wide range of public projects both in the US and abroad, he has attracted particular attention in recent years for a massive 27 meter-long mural installed in the lobby of The One World Trade Center in New York, another mural at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and a collaborative project produced together with French artist JR for the 11th Havana Biennial.

Some of his most recent solo exhibitions were held at the High Museum of Art (Atlanta), Mary Boone Gallery (New York), Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery (New York), and Haunch of Venison (London). Parlá has won international acclaim as an artist who has inherited the legacy of American Abstract Expressionism, creating mostly large-scale works inspired by such themes as identity within a global society, migration, and imagination.