B. J. Parker
B. J. Parker
B. J. Parker is a realist artist based in St. Louis, MO. B. J. is originally from Atlanta, GA, and has come to St. Louis by way of Waco, TX. While in Texas, B. J. trained at the Texas Academy of Figurative Art (TAFA) under Ron Cheek. B. J. is committed to furthering the realist tradition within the contemporary art world and teaches three days a week at Gateway Academy of Figurative Art in the Central West End. A proponent of arts-based research, B. J. is currently finishing a doctoral dissertation at Baylor University that uses art theory and painting to propose a new reading of the Hebrew Psalter. His arts-based scholarship has appeared in Review & Expositor and Digital Humanities Quarterly.
In my work I explore the in-betweenness of the human condition through figurative creations in graphite, charcoal, and oil. I employ traditional practices dating back to the Renaissance as a means of meditating on the suffering and triumphs of life. I am often less interested in definitive answers than in exploring and exposing the space between these two. Through engaging the liminality between pain and joy, my work seeks to make space for the individual to consider the value of her or his own life.