Siddharth Parasnis

The idea of architectural expression and space has been depicted in painting for centuries, whether actual or abstracted.  Siddharth sees the proportional elements of the architectural realities while distilling the images down to the abstractions of space, volume and color.  Our eyes acknowledge the architecture.  Our eyes also linger and discover the complexity of the architectural world Siddharth has created.  The juxtaposition of colors as abstract elements may also be representations of shadows or sunlight.  The worlds created are both real and unreal depending upon how we want to acknowledge the proportions and hues.  To see his most recent work explore water and boat shapes seems to be a natural continuation, especially living and working in the San Francisco Bay area. 

Biography

Parasnis balances a sense of physical place with pure color and form. In his recent paintings, he continues to mine the intersection of art, manmade structures, and landscape, filtering reality through his imagination and unconscious, layering shapes and building up regions of luminous color, from turquoise to coral to brick-red. His compositions, infused with light but often spiked with sharp angles, convey complex emotions even as they outwardly depict calm scenes, such as boats on a seashore. It is telling that the artists Parasnis cites as influences—Willem de Kooning, Dennis Hopper, Nathan Oliveira, Richard Diebenkorn—are those he admires for the quality of expression in their art: Hopper for his ambiance; de Kooning for his expressive marks; Oliveira and Diebenkorn for their “spirituality and color.”

Each of Parasnis’s paintings possesses a unique color harmony that the artist captures in a single session, though he may continue to work on the painting for months or years afterward. He calls this capturing “the soul of the painting”; the act that gives the painting “life” or “birth.” Each painting’s structure, too, tends to arise organically, with forms based on places from the artist’s life and travels assuming new relationships and energy as he translates them into paint. Parasnis spent his childhood in India; alongside Hopper, de Kooning, Diebenkorn, and Oliveira, his influences range from pre-modern Indian miniature painting, in which artists conveyed depth through stacked imagery rather than through three-point perspective, to Mark Rothko’s color field paintings. Yet as curator Dieter Tremp has noted, Parasnis’s style is all his own—“full of independent life, in a balance of sensuality and structure unlike anything else we’ve seen so far.”

Born in Pune, India, Parasnis has lived and worked in San Francisco since arriving in 2001 to pursue his MFA. His paintings have been shown at numerous venues in the U.S., Europe, and India, including museum exhibitions at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento and the Bakersfield Art Museum, where his work was exhibited alongside that of Oliveira, Diebenkorn, Elmer Bischoff, Joan Brown, Theophilus Brown, and other renowned Bay Area artists. Parasnis is the recipient of a 2102–13 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, with his work reviewed in publications including The Huffington Post, Art Ltd., and American Art Collector. His public and corporate collections include Dell Computers, the Galesburg Civic Art Center in Illinois, and the South Central Zone Cultural Center in Nagpur, India.

Education

MFA, Painting, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA.

BFA, Illustration and Advertising, Directorate of Art, Bombay, India.


Teaching

2005-08 MFA, Directed Study Advisor, Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA.


Selected Awards and Grants

2012-13  Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

2008 Juried Exhibit, The Art Museum of Los Gatos, CA.

2007 GALEX 41, Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, IL.

2005 XPO XXIV, BJ Spoke Gallery, Huntington, NY.

2001 Annual National Juried Exhibition, The Art Society of India, Bombay, India.

1999 Annual National Juried Exhibition, The Art Society of India, Bombay, India.


Museum Exhibitions

2017 78th Crocker Kingsley Exhibition, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

2016 Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA.

2014 Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA.

2012 Legacy in Continuum: Bay Area Figuration, Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA.

2008 Expressions West, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR.

             Painterly Painting: The Next Level, The Art Museum of Los Gatos, Los Gatos, CA.

2007 Juried Exhibit, The Art Museum of Los Gatos, Los Gatos, CA.

2005 74th Crocker Kingsley Exhibition, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA.


Corporate and Public Collections

Crocker Hotel, Sacramento, CA • Mandarin Hotel, San Francisco, CA. • The Priscilla and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, CA. • Dell Foundation, Austin, TX. • The Kidney Group, Fort Lauderdale, FL. • Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, IL. • South Central Zone Cultural Center, Nagpur, India • Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA • Stanford Medical Center, Palo Alto, CA


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019 Hues & Harmony, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco

2018  Serendipity, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

2017 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2017  Discovering Color, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, SF, CA.

2016  Serenity, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2015  Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

             Solitude, Campton Gallery, New York, NY.

2014  Ambiance Not Identity, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San  Francisco, CA.

             Invisible Lines, MA Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK.

             Equivocal Spaces, Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA.

2013  Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

             Architectonic Hues, Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA.

2012  Wanderlust, Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

             Nostalgia, Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA.

2009 Habitation, Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA.

             Architecture of Emotion, Hang Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

             Hang Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

             Color Fields, Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA.

             I Was There Once, Phoenix Gallery, Park City, UT.

2008 Presence, Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA.

2007 Architectural Gestures, Chroma Gallery, Savannah, GA. 2006 Architectural Abstracts, Hang Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2003 GO Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland.

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Selected Artworks

Colorful Night #10

Colorful Night #10

Oil on Canvas

48 x 36 inches

Included in Triton Museum Exhibition, 2021

210061

What Good is a Window if it Doesn't Have a View? | SOLD

What Good is a Window if it Doesn't Have a View? | SOLD

Oil on Canvas

60 x 27 inches

210066

Eternity #119

Eternity #119

Oil on Canvas

38 x 96 inches

210210

Colorful Night #9

Colorful Night #9

Oil on Canvas

40 x 30 inches

210060

Eternity #111

Eternity #111

Oil on Canvas

48 x 60 inches

210062

Traveling Through the South #23 | SOLD

Traveling Through the South #23 | SOLD

Oil on Canvas

22 x 74 inches

210065

Eternity #117 | SOLD

Eternity #117 | SOLD

Oil on Canvas

48 x 48 inches

210064

Colorful Boats in the Bay #32 | SOLD

Colorful Boats in the Bay #32 | SOLD

Oil on Canvas

36 x 36 inches

210059

Eternity #118

Eternity #118

Oil on Canvas

36 x 36 inches

210085

White Street #4

White Street #4

Oil on Canvas

60 x 60 inches

200489

Eternity #114 | SOLD

Eternity #114 | SOLD

Oil on Canvas

48 x 48 inches

200487

Eternity #110

Eternity #110

Oil on Canvas

68 x 62 inches

200486

Education

MFA, Painting, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA.

BFA, Illustration and Advertising, Directorate of Art, Bombay, India.


Teaching

2005-08 MFA, Directed Study Advisor, Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA.


Selected Awards and Grants

2012-13  Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

2008 Juried Exhibit, The Art Museum of Los Gatos, CA.

2007 GALEX 41, Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, IL.

2005 XPO XXIV, BJ Spoke Gallery, Huntington, NY.

2001 Annual National Juried Exhibition, The Art Society of India, Bombay, India.

1999 Annual National Juried Exhibition, The Art Society of India, Bombay, India.


Museum Exhibitions

2017 78th Crocker Kingsley Exhibition, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

2016 Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA.

2014 Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA.

2012 Legacy in Continuum: Bay Area Figuration, Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA.

2008 Expressions West, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR.

             Painterly Painting: The Next Level, The Art Museum of Los Gatos, Los Gatos, CA.

2007 Juried Exhibit, The Art Museum of Los Gatos, Los Gatos, CA.

2005 74th Crocker Kingsley Exhibition, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA.


Corporate and Public Collections

Crocker Hotel, Sacramento, CA • Mandarin Hotel, San Francisco, CA. • The Priscilla and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, CA. • Dell Foundation, Austin, TX. • The Kidney Group, Fort Lauderdale, FL. • Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, IL. • South Central Zone Cultural Center, Nagpur, India • Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA • Stanford Medical Center, Palo Alto, CA


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019 Hues & Harmony, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco

2018  Serendipity, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

2017 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2017  Discovering Color, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, SF, CA.

2016  Serenity, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2015  Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

             Solitude, Campton Gallery, New York, NY.

2014  Ambiance Not Identity, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San  Francisco, CA.

             Invisible Lines, MA Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK.

             Equivocal Spaces, Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA.

2013  Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

             Architectonic Hues, Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA.

2012  Wanderlust, Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

             Nostalgia, Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA.

2009 Habitation, Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA.

             Architecture of Emotion, Hang Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

             Hang Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

             Color Fields, Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA.

             I Was There Once, Phoenix Gallery, Park City, UT.

2008 Presence, Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA.

2007 Architectural Gestures, Chroma Gallery, Savannah, GA. 2006 Architectural Abstracts, Hang Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2003 GO Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland.

Biography

Parasnis balances a sense of physical place with pure color and form. In his recent paintings, he continues to mine the intersection of art, manmade structures, and landscape, filtering reality through his imagination and unconscious, layering shapes and building up regions of luminous color, from turquoise to coral to brick-red. His compositions, infused with light but often spiked with sharp angles, convey complex emotions even as they outwardly depict calm scenes, such as boats on a seashore. It is telling that the artists Parasnis cites as influences—Willem de Kooning, Dennis Hopper, Nathan Oliveira, Richard Diebenkorn—are those he admires for the quality of expression in their art: Hopper for his ambiance; de Kooning for his expressive marks; Oliveira and Diebenkorn for their “spirituality and color.”

Each of Parasnis’s paintings possesses a unique color harmony that the artist captures in a single session, though he may continue to work on the painting for months or years afterward. He calls this capturing “the soul of the painting”; the act that gives the painting “life” or “birth.” Each painting’s structure, too, tends to arise organically, with forms based on places from the artist’s life and travels assuming new relationships and energy as he translates them into paint. Parasnis spent his childhood in India; alongside Hopper, de Kooning, Diebenkorn, and Oliveira, his influences range from pre-modern Indian miniature painting, in which artists conveyed depth through stacked imagery rather than through three-point perspective, to Mark Rothko’s color field paintings. Yet as curator Dieter Tremp has noted, Parasnis’s style is all his own—“full of independent life, in a balance of sensuality and structure unlike anything else we’ve seen so far.”

Born in Pune, India, Parasnis has lived and worked in San Francisco since arriving in 2001 to pursue his MFA. His paintings have been shown at numerous venues in the U.S., Europe, and India, including museum exhibitions at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento and the Bakersfield Art Museum, where his work was exhibited alongside that of Oliveira, Diebenkorn, Elmer Bischoff, Joan Brown, Theophilus Brown, and other renowned Bay Area artists. Parasnis is the recipient of a 2102–13 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, with his work reviewed in publications including The Huffington Post, Art Ltd., and American Art Collector. His public and corporate collections include Dell Computers, the Galesburg Civic Art Center in Illinois, and the South Central Zone Cultural Center in Nagpur, India.

Siddharth Parasnis

Press

Alumni + Faculty Fine Art Auction

Academy of Art

October 2018

Link

Catch one of the Best Ever Crocker-Kingsley Exhibitions in Roseville

The Sacramento Bee

February 2, 2017

Paintings Have Root in India

SF Chronicle

May 5, 2016

Siddharth Parasnis at Campton Gallery, SoHo

The Huffington Post

May 27, 2015

Link

30 x 30

ArtNews

May, 2014

Link

A Conversation with Siddharth Parasnis

HuffPost Arts & Culture

May 11, 2012

Link

Siddharth Parasnis

The idea of architectural expression and space has been depicted in painting for centuries, whether actual or abstracted.  Siddharth sees the proportional elements of the architectural realities while distilling the images down to the abstractions of space, volume and color.  Our eyes acknowledge the architecture.  Our eyes also linger and discover the complexity of the architectural world Siddharth has created.  The juxtaposition of colors as abstract elements may also be representations of shadows or sunlight.  The worlds created are both real and unreal depending upon how we want to acknowledge the proportions and hues.  To see his most recent work explore water and boat shapes seems to be a natural continuation, especially living and working in the San Francisco Bay area. 

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