Born in Auckland in 1944, 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 works in thick layers of paint applied with a palette knife – sweeps of paint, which he may pare 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 in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, for his services to painting.