Parskid started creating graffiti in 1999, and over the years, his spray-paint art has made its mark on the fine-art world. A solo show of the Seattle artist's self-described "illustrative imaginary landscapes" will open tonight at IndyInk; many of the ethereal pieces are nature-themed, featuring ghostly antlered creatures wandering in bleak forests under vivid, cloudy skies. They're hard to compare to the work of any other artist, which is one reason IndyInk's Aaron Cohrs admires them. "He doesn't really seem to have any noticeable influences from other artists," Cohrs says. "He's kind of got his own style; he's creating his own influences."
Parskid will be on hand for the opening from 7 to 10 p.m. at IndyInk, 84 South Broadway, which includes free food and drinks; a variety of his spray-painted pieces will be featured, with a particular emphasis on smaller, more affordable work, as well as a T-shirt printed by IndyInk for the show. And tomorrow, Parskid will paint a mural somewhere in Denver. "I usually have a rough idea in my head, but until I see the wall, everything could change on the spot," explains Parskid. "Some of the best ideas come from spontaneity and working with the environment you are given."
Parskid: Solo Show runs through September; for more info, visit www.indyink.com or call 720-937-9722.
Fri., Sept. 2, 7-10 p.m.; Sept. 3-30, 2011