Graydon Parrish: Art Department Instructor Addition

The Art Department welcomes world class artist and the foremost expert on Munsell Color Theory, Graydon Parrish to TAD. Graydon is also and expert on the art of William Bouguereau and Jean Leon Gerome. He will begin with TAD this semester with lectures and presentations in Color Theory and Composition and will be assisting in Light and Form as well. We will be doing a live streaming class this coming fall as well. Graydon's bio and images are below. I grabbed a hand full off the net and he is sending me some others to share with you all. I can tell you from first hand experience that he is the most knowledgable color theorists I have ever crossed paths with. With Graydon joining us, the Austin POD can be a central hub of color study in art education as we go and we are very lucky to have him assisting us with the teaching of TAD students in these classes. Without further comment, here are the pics and info you need to see:

Early in life Graydon Parrish realized he wanted to be an artist, and while a senior in high school, he was one of the few students accepted to the Dallas Arts Magnet School. Yearning to paint artworks inspired by the classical past, it was not long before Parrish was studying in the New York Atelier of Michael Aviano and later the Richard Lack Atelier in Minneapolis: both considered exemplars of classical art. Today, Parrish's work can be found in the New Britain Museum of American Art, Tyler Museum of Art, Mead Museum of Art, and private collections throughout the United States and Europe.

But it was never an easy road for Parrish-as it is for few artists working in classic principles of art. "Training for representational painting, which includes both realism and classicism, was nearly nonexistent when I was an art student," says Parrish. "There were few options so it was all the more miraculous that I found Michael Aviano, who not only trained painters but was a master of classical painting in his own right, doggedly preserving a vital tradition."

It is not only his fanatical study of technique that separates him from other classical artists, but also his deep understanding of the art-historical periods in which his favorite artists such as William Bouguereau lived. For instance, Parrish worked for many months as an art-historical researcher for the forthcoming William Bouguereau Catalog Raisonne and for years on the Jean Leon Gerome Catalog Raisonne. Most recently, he worked under art historian Gerald Ackerman as a research assistant and editor of the recently published Charles Barque Drawing Course, a complete course dedicated to nineteenth-century Academic drawing practice written by two of the French Academy's greatest advocates: Charles Barque and Jean Leon Gerome.

In each of these incredible research opportunities, Parrish not only studied the artist's technique through their own drawings and paintings, but also the history of their times, including: business practices, philosophies of art, criticism, biographical information, and how they were received by their contemporaries.

As Parrish notes: "Only through the most arduous study can one create art. Each picture I paint is based on thorough research in the science of light, form, and technique as well as the study of the old masters-and their history. My education, therefore, has been idiosyncratic. Unable to find complete training available to the old masters, I have orchestrated my own program of learing, combining quality academics with the guidance of present-day old masters."

Welcome to TAD Graydon, it is an honor.

Check out his site and twitter for more info:

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