Original Artwork from:
Original: Acrylic on Canvas 30" x 40"
Reckless Optimism, composed of sixteen new works created in 2012, is a shimmering collection of the aesthetic that he has compounded into a mine of carefully blended hues, shapes, and imagery. The narrative of the world perceived by the senses that Parillo paints is more than the archetypal tale of success and pitfalls. Referencing a color key that he created exclusively for the series, each burst of color denotes a particular emotion experienced as one grasps or strays from the trajectory that he or she has set for the self to follow. Bright, inviting cloud-like forms obscure the view from the bottom, and slick, shiny forms distort the top, creating a path for the invisible viewer which is hardly navigated but rather is tripped through blindly, tempted by beauty, promises, and an illusory - if not deceitful freedom. Along the way one is guided by equally lurid symbols of wisdom - best seen from midway through a sharp fall off the top of the proverbial mountain.
Never Give Up
24" x 30"
10 limited-edition signed and numbered prints
b. 1972, Los Angeles, CA
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA
Mike Parillo is a self-taught, Los Angeles-based artist. He has balanced working as a commercial artist in the action sports industry and has pursued both commercial and fine arts in both Los Angeles, CA and Prague, Czech Republic. He relocated to Jackson, Wyoming in 2008 where he made an unparalleled mark on the world of snowboarding as one of the most creative and enduring board graphic artist. Parillo's collaborations with Travis Rice brought about the genesis of Asymbol Art + Essentials, his hard work and vision giving life to what had been just a dream. His art has been displayed on snowboard bases every year since 1995, adorning many beloved board series like Terje's Balance line, Burton's early Customs,Countless Lib Techs and Travis Rice's 2006/07, 2008/09, 2010/11, 2011/12 and forth coming 2015/15 pro models—to name a few.