Andrew (Stulz) Parker (b. 1991 in Grants Pass, OR) lives and works in Spokane, Washington. He studied photography and architecture at Montana State University, receiving a B.A. in Environmental Design from Montana State University and a Master of Architecture from the University of Houston in 2016.
Since starting lessons at six, art has been an integral part of Parker’s life. He participated in community-wide art competitions and exhibitions, eventually being the youngest artist to participate in Southern Oregon’s ‘Bearfest,’ a community art project involving large fiberglass bears, each painted by a local artist.
Studying architecture and photography shifted Parker’s creative endeavors away from painting and provided differing lenses through which to understand experiences and surroundings. Exploring architectural processes in graduate school reinvigorated Parker’s need to create art. Utilizing painting skills, materials, and other techniques from his earlier explorations of spatial representation allowed his visual works to move away from literal depictions of natural scenes and towards conceptual representations of experiences.
Andrew Parker’s work explores the complex intersection between human and natural environments. Layering mixed-media compositions of repurposed papers, stamping of found objects, and subtly changing patterns built upon a grid to embody experiences as visual expressions.