About Scottie Parsons (1925 - 2011)
Selected works from the estate of acclaimed Texas artist Scottie Parsons will
be on display January 12-February 9, 2013, at William Campbell Contemporary Art.
An opening reception will be held Saturday, January 12, 6:00-8:00 p.m. The
show will feature Parsons' signature abstract paintings, which address notions
of space, time, and the sublime via color interaction and subtle texture and
I approach each painting with the idea that the canvas represents a field, a
space in which to explore by means of color, shape and line, some meaningful
form that speaks to the infinity of space, time and celebrates that mysterious
quality of our lives.
Parsons' paintings employ simple visual elements to deconstruct then rebuild
the pictureplane, transforming it into a multidimensional environment of
interactive shapes and textures. Bold swaths of pigment define planar segments
that fuse with wisps of color and lines to form deep, ethereal layers. These
complex gradations overlap and parallel one another to seemingly infinite
depths. As the elements emerge and recede, they travel through the space,
alluding to the passage of time. And time, the fourth dimension, often played
an integral part in Parsons' quest to transcend our corporeal existence
through visual means.
Parsons' work emits an unmistakable energy via a complex amalgamation of color,
layering,and texture. The pieces often include obscure text as well-a technique
that adds additional texture, as well as a human element to the otherwise
nonrepresentational paintings. Overall, the work inspires a feeling of physical
and spiritual infinity, evoking a sense of the human essence "beyond
everyday life." Each piece creates its own indefinable atmosphere, inviting
the viewer to enter, explore, and experience the sublime.
A highly regarded Texas artist, Scottie Parsons made art for more than four
decades. She exhibited work throughout Texas and the Southwest, including
shows in Fort Worth and Dallas, Wichita Falls, Austin, and Santa Fe. Her many
honors included the 2001 Outstanding Alumnus Award from the Fain College of
Fine Arts at Midwestern State University; the 1997 Wichita Falls Art
Association Peoples' Choice Award; and recognition by the Women's Hall of
Fame of North Texas for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts in 1988. She was
featured on the cover of the Massachusetts Review and in Who's Who of American
Women, in addition to various other publications.
Parsons' work may be found in private collections around the world, including
those of Neiman Marcus stores across the United States; the Hallmark Collection;
Verizon; Las Vegas' Palazzo Hotel; Santa Fe's Rancho Encatado Resort; and the
Venetian Hotel in Macau, China.
Scottie Parsons earned a bachelor's degree in art education from Midwestern
State University, and went on to complete graduate-level work at Midwestern
State and SMU.She also studied with noted contemporary artists Helen
Frankenthaler, Richard Diebenkorn, Nancy Graves, Nathan Oliveira, and Joan Snyder.