(1944 — 14 August 2017)
Parker studied at Ilam School of Fine Arts, Christchurch and graduated with Honours in Painting in 1967.
Highly regarded by collectors, nationally and internationally, JS Parker is best known for his large impasto paintings within a grid format. His works are full of texture, rhythm and balance within his imposed framework. Parker worked in thick layers of paint applied with a palette knife – sweeps of paint, which he pared back to reveal hints of what lies beneath.
For Parker, it is the sense of an inner radiance in his paintings which allows the viewer to relate to the “spirit” of the painting.
In 2002 Parker was awarded an ONZM for 40 years of service to painting and in 1975 was awarded the prestigious Frances Hodgkins Fellowship at the University of Otago.