Yer So Bad: Dutch Artist Parra’s Solo Show

Inspired by graphic design and Pop Art pioneers, a collection of bold and bright works

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Dutch artist Pieter Janssen aka Parra knows no boundaries in his work. Spanning the past decade, the Amsterdam-based artist has painted, drawn and sculpted his way into galleries across the world, and partnered with the likes of Nike and Stones Throw while running a successful clothing brand. He also started an old dude-focused skateboard company dubbed Tired and is dabbling in electronic music and video production. This month, Parra brings his sexualized post-pop paintings to NYC’s Jonathan LeVine Gallery with his second solo show at the gallery. “Yer So Bad” is inspired by a particular brand of weirdness incurred in everyday life, with Parra’s color-blocked paintings carrying with them a purposeful lightheartedness. In Parra’s line-heavy world of bold blue and red, eroticism never looked so comically sensible.

The exhibition is open through 7 February 2015, and Parra is releasing a limited hardcover zine in conjunction via NYC’s Printed Matter, highlighting the creative process behind each piece in the series. Visit Jonathan LeVine Gallery for more information and be sure to keep an eye out for our interview with the artist in the coming weeks.

Images by Hans Aschim; take a look at a few our favorites in the slideshow.