After graduating in illustration and graphic design and an early career in that field, Bristol-based artist Dan Parry-Jones turned to painting and printmaking in 2008. His expressive landscapes combining the two mediums have since become highly sought after internationally.
Trips to the mountains of southern Spain and the French Alps and Dan’s love of the American landscape are the inspiration for his current body of work. In his paintings he explores his fascination with the relationship between nature and the man-made, juxtaposing panoramic mountain ranges and palm trees with still pools, modernist buildings and brightly painted walls.
Pastel and acid colours jostle in semi-abstract landscapes with LA vibes, some of which, in a new departure for Dan, feature petrol blue night skies with dashes of vibrant underpainting left visible, like colourful stars. In his recent larger pieces Dan has chosen to go out of his comfort zone with a less predictable palette, using new colour pairings to convey a different mood.
Dan draws influence from Richard Diebenkorn and Robert Rauschenberg, setting shapes of flat colour against textured areas of paint and glued paper (fragments of typography or colour). He applies acrylic with bold gestures, layering and stripping it back as he goes, which results in stunning impastoed paintings.
The artist works from his own photographs to make the screen-printed elements such as figures, cars, architecture and mountains. When he has taken a photo he is particularly happy with, he often experiments with it in a series of paintings, giving each its own unique background, palette and mood.
Dan’s work is widely exhibited and very well received at major art fairs and gallery shows in Europe, Asia and the USA, including solo exhibitions at Adam Gallery in Bath in 2015, 2017 and forthcoming in 2021, group shows at Josie Eastwood Fine Art (annual summer and winter group shows since 2012) and Will’s Art Warehouse in London. In 2019 one of Dan’s paintings was selected for the Royal West of England Academy’s Annual Open Exhibition.