Gremillion & Co.
2501 Sunset Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005
10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013
Gremillion & Co., Fine Art, Inc. presents Nicola Parente: Pelagico. Opening reception Friday, October 18, 6-8 pm. On view through November 1.“I need the sea because it teaches me.” – Pablo NerudaNicola Parente has long been captivated by the lessons offered by the sea. From his childhood home on the southern Italian shores of the Adriatic Sea to his life now on the Texas Gulf Coast, Parente has been shaped and inspired by his experience of the sea. In his new series of reductive abstract paintings entitled Pelagico, Parente beckons the observer to consider both the sea that lies within and the expanse of sea that brings life to the world. The paintings in this vibrant series capture the paradox of the sea that may be observed as, at once, contemplative calm and wild abandon. Parente’s use of negative space and a ground of white draws the observer into the experience of serenity, while his introduction of undulating black lines and flashes of brilliant blues and iridescent greens bring forceful energy and movement to his work. “Pelagico celebrates the deep connection that the sea makes with all inhabitants of our planet,” according to Parente. “Water is essential for life. While some may view the seas as boundaries that separate, I see connection. The water that spans the globe touches and unites the shorelines of all the continents. The seas are shared in common with all, connecting and sustaining all life,” says Parente. Born in Mola di Bari, Italy in 1966, Parente now lives and works in Houston, Texas. Working in a variety of media, he engages the viewer in dialogues of human encounter and the environment. Most recently, Parente was featured as one of “Houston’s 100 Creatives” by the Houston Press and was the featured artist in the Bayou Review, a literary and visual arts journal published by the University of Houston Downtown.In 2011-12, Parente had a solo museum exhibition, featuring 30 paintings, at the Manuel Felguerez Museum of Abstract Art in Zacatecas, Mexico, as well as a solo exhibition at Seranade Art House in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In 2011, he was selected by Cadillac as a Texas Spirit Honoree. In 2010, Parente's work was selected for Texas Art 2010 juried exhibition and his series Edge of Awakening was featured in a solo exhibition at Gremillion & Co Fine Art. That same year, he created a dynamic video/painting installation for Terminus, a Dominic Walsh Dance Theater production. In 2009, his work was featured in the Transparent/Translucent exhibition at the University of Texas Museum Gallery in San Antonio.Parente’s works can be seen in public and private collections in the United States, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Germany, and Ethiopia. He obtained a BS from King’s College and a Masters degree from the University of St. Thomas.For more information about Nicola Parente, please contact Molly Rivers, 713.522.2701, email@example.com or visit www.gremillion.com.