In the painting of architecture, the subject is rarely revisited with a new, interesting perspective. Siddarth Parasnis brings something different that shakes our vision and shows unexceptional walls and windows as something more beautiful than we expect.
Parasnis has traveled the world searching out the spirit of buildings, from the adobe homes of the Southwest and the Victorian abodes of San Francisco to the random structures of Indonesia, France, even Kentucky, attempting to catch their spirits on canvas.
In winter 2008, after his successful Utah debut, he discovered the old miners’ architecture in and around Park City. Now, he has come back to Utah with a series reflecting his unique style caught in the mountain snow, complementing his personal tone.
Inspired early by the lonely figures of Edward Hopper and the vitality of William de Kooning, Parasnis is developing his own approach. He once said, “I love the calmness and loneliness of buildings.” Using his inspiration as the conceptual jumping-off point, his shapes and lines are strongly layered in abstract, deconstructing the architecture where we live. But by juxtaposing his muted and bright colors, he reconstructs emotion that provides a sense of the familiar.
Parasnis says, “These places are often overlooked and quite mundane but they have something so emotional about them … One day they pass away and we realize what we have missed.” The final experience of his art elevates the simple as beautiful, the common as exceptional.
Siddarth Parasnis @ Phoenix Gallery, 508 Main, Park City, 435-649-1006, through Feb. 26; opening reception Feb. 14, 7 p.m.