Erik Parker stands infront of his painting wearing glasses, beanie and white tshirt

Erik Parker

Trippy, neon collages of today’s world.

“The idea is to take something familiar and make it strange.”

Paintings by Erik Parker are loud, assertive and trippy. He layers images into psychedelic collages, often incorporating geometric forms like pyramids. Neon figures melt into and obscure each other. His references are stock photos sourced from the internet. After sketching them onto canvas, the artist manipulates them into intricate compositions. They are then painted in acrylic in a flat, graphic...

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Erik Parker (he/him) was born in 1968 in Stuttgart, Germany. He is now based in New York City.


During his BFA at the University of Texas in Austin, Parker studied under artist Peter Saul. Parker cites him as an important influence. “I learned from him that you have to follow your own vision of art and not some norm or other.” They remain in contact to this day, 25 years later.


Many paint colours are identified by number. But Parker has dyslexia, however, and struggles to remember them. Instead, he names each paint he uses after celebrities or random associations. Some examples: “Seth Rogan,” “Mos Def,” “Apollo” and “dark brains.”

Collaborations with Erik Parker