DELLAMARIE PARRILLI

Passion … Conviction … Dedication … Creativity … Challenge

Artist
Dellamarie Parrilli

Dellamarie Parrilli, is an American artist, recognized as "one of the most talented contemporary abstract painters painting today. Parrilli's canvases, though uniquely her own, bring to mind Kandinsky, de Kooning, Pollock, Tobey, Mitchell and even early Rothko". As one critic wrote, "Standing in a gallery filled with Parrilli's paintings one can't help but marvel at the breath and depth of her painterly vocabulary – her brilliant freshness, remarkable virtuosity, vibrant colors and sumptuous paint surfaces, her innate musicality, as well as her triumphant spiritual resonance. Parrilli's work is included in numerous private and corporate collections throughout the U.S. including those of Samuel Ramey, world renowned bass … Lucinda Williams, recording artist … Former Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend … Penny Singleton (voice of Wilma Flintstone) … Donald Casey, Dean, DePaul University School of Music … The Cabrini Medical Center, permanent collection, NY … and DePaul University, permanent collection, Chicago.

   

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"PARRILLI'S SPIRIT AS WELL AS HER ART IS COMPELLING"

Human interest stories can be risky, even irrelevant, when it comes to evaluating the work of a serious painter. Thus one is tempted to skip over the fact that Parrilli, who was born nine weeks premature, a twin, in Chicago, began her life on February 28, fighting to survive. A versatile artist with an accomplished background, Parrilli's life has been a creative juggernaut filled with more twists and turns than a soap opera. Creativity and challenge, have been and continue to be, a constant in Parrilli's life. And so one feels compelled to explore relevant biographical facts, for there is a commonly held belief in critic's circles that true art is born out of human struggle, and that from the depths of human despair and privation can rise something beautiful to be shared the world over.

During her youth, Parrilli's father was killed by a drunk driver, and 3 months later, her family, surviving a devastating house fire, were left homeless. Parrilli, only 11 years old at the time, embraced her creativity, and began to express her pain and suffering through music, writing, and art … she had found her voice, and so began a career that would eventually lead her from the stage into the solitude of her studio where she creates paintings that are "inspirational, illuminating and transcendent of the ordinary …"

While earning a BA in music from DePaul University in Chicago, Parrilli studied voice with Anne Perillo, studied tap, jazz and ballet with Lou Conte of the Hubbard Street Dance Studio, Improv at the Second City Training Center and the Annoyance Theater, funding not only her education by singing in clubs, doing industrial voiceovers, on camera appearances, and local theater productions, she started producing her own one woman shows.

Heralded by the Las Vegas Press as a "triple threat" and delivering a performance in Chicago so powerful that the Chicago Independent Bulletin championed her as "The greatest talent since Judy Garland at her peak" … Parrilli set her sights on Broadway, and spent the next five years giving birth to "JUDY: The Songs And Stories Of A Legend." But as she was about to realize her dream, fate stepped in … it was not to be. Diagnosed with Lyme disease and Sjorgren's Syndrome, a rare autoimmune disease, the doctors told her she would never sing again. Her Broadway dream, and life as she knew it, came to an abrupt end … and the sound of silence was deafening. "I was shattered, devastated, tormented, alone, without my music, locked in a cell of silence."

Parrilli who believes in miracles, relentlessly searched for answers, and prayed. She turned her creative energies to designing, one of a kind wearable art and painting. And just for fun she teamed up with a partner to open a restaurant, creating and overseeing every aspect … concept, menu, recipes, interior design, construction. The restaurant quickly won national acclaim, with rave reviews, several "Best New Restaurant" awards, as well as the prestigious National Association Of Women Business Owner's New Venture Award … and was selected to cater the Blue Jeans Bash Inaugural Party in Washington, D.C., for President Bill Clinton.

Life was good. Parrilli had recovered from the Sjorgren's Syndrome and Lyme disease, had a successful restaurant, was designing, writing, and painting … she was even planning to get back onstage, but fate, once again, dealt a life altering blow to Parrilli. Viciously attacked twice in six months – by the same dog, Parrilli, was again, gravely ill. The serious complications from the attacks forced her to close her restaurant. Her life was unraveling … and her doctors were unable to help her. Literally fighting for her life … close to losing the battle … she desperately searched for answers. She discovered that her home had construction defects, and was riddled with toxic molds and mycobacterium … again she fought back. Armed with her incredible spirit and sheer determination, Parrilli gathered a team of world renowned doctors across the country, combining Western with Eastern medicine.

Although marked by tragedy and adversity, Parrilli's spiritual resonance is evident in her art and her life philosophy … "No knock out punch for me! Life is about choice," says Parrilli, "I know from personal experience that it takes wisdom to withdraw, and reflect, courage to ask the important questions, and faith that in the silence of solitude that you will find the answers and the strength. The secret to life is in how we respond … I personally choose life, love, joy, and to create … I say YES! I live fully and passionately in a world of unlimited possibilities … Dreams interrupted are simply detours, roadblocks, and an inconvenience as we journey through the days and maze of our lives … we must embrace change, trust the Universe, for the path is a glorious adventure not to be missed. "

Parrilli is a born survivor, who has turned her voice, triumphantly resonant, to her artwork … "Parrilli brings a breath of fresh air to the contemporary art scene. Technically a born master, Parrilli's prior extensive professional background in music and dance is reflected in her work … she literally sings and dances on her canvases with a joie de vivre that she shares with us."



CRITICS AGREE

"PARRILLI IS A RESTLESS AND INTREPID EXPERIMENTER WHO REFUSES TO LIMIT HER AESTHETIC HORIZONS"

"Parrilli Lights Up Madison Avenue … Parrilli continues to climb toward the Light and to celebrate the divine in an oeuvre which seems to grow more radiant with each succeeding exhibition. Indeed, her power as a colorist is such that it often appears that she has dipped her brush in liquid light rather than physical pigment."
      -Ed McCormack, Editor-in-Chief of Gallery & Studio. Former writer for Village Voice and Rolling Stone


"Hoping to capture impressions of transparency, "layers of life and spirit and motion," Parrilli, who lives in a world surrounded by light and air, water and sky, set off on a quest to find and create an analogue for the luminosity of the natural world … using an industrial material for a ground and experimenting with mixed media Parrilli has created surfaces over which light ripples and refracts and an imagery that appears to be infused with a different level of drama and intensity than can be attained through traditional means. Taking brave chances: enlarging her vocabulary, expanding her chromatic choices, and experimenting with innovative techniques to pursue her personal vision … Parrilli's new works do indeed take one into a realm suffused with radiant light."
      -Ann Landi, Contributing Editor of ARTnews , Author of Schrimer Encyclopedia of Art


"Parrilli is one of those rare artists who comes at things from another direction, proceeding intuitively with nary a glance at the art magazines to see which way the winds of change might be blowing. Her intuitive approach springs directly from her life experience in a way that it is not common amid the self conscious strategizing of the post modern era. Without expecting an artist so restlessly experimental to settle into complacency or stop surprising us with each new exhibition, it seems safe to say that Parrilli's visual vocabulary seems indicative of a mature direction … it is clear that the exquisite simplicity she has achieved signals a profound arrival."
      -Ed McCormack, Editor-in-Chief of Gallery & Studio. Former writer for Village Voice and Rolling Stone


"Dellamarie Parrilli brings a breath of fresh air to the contemporary art scene! Virtuostic compositions open up windows to the world and define a greater sense of reality…a born master of her medium…her compositions have a spontaneity that is contagious and immediately envelopes and excites...bold, radiant colors leap from the canvas...she literally sings and dances on her canvas…continues tradition of de Kooning, Kandinsky, Mitchell, but from her own unique perspective and introspective vision with a joie de vivre that she shares with us. We are lucky indeed to welcome her into the mainstream of contemporary American art."
      -Nancy di Benedetto, Professor, Marymount Manhattan College, Lecturer, Metropolitan Museum of Art


"Dellamarie Parrilli utilizes the density of abstraction in order to create an intricate link between color, concept and emotion. Traces of thick, swift brush strokes cover the surface of each canvas giving way to sporadic bursts of color that lend shape to deep, metaphysical ideas. Not overly concerned with realistic representations, the artist's subject is both her own inner feelings and the viewer. Parrilli's work is clearly hermeneutic yet it reaches out to the observant eye through the layers of color intensity. Parrilli flawlessly demonstrates an expertise that can reflect a thorough assessment of what lies within."
      -Jill Conner, NY Writer, NY Arts, Contemporary Sculpture, Artnet.com, Art Papers and New Art Examiner


"Parrilli Lights Up Madison Avenue … Parrilli continues to climb toward the Light and to celebrate the divine in an oeuvre which seems to grow more radiant with each succeeding exhibition. Indeed, her power as a colorist is such that it often appears that she has dipped her brush in liquid light rather than physical pigment.
      -Ed McCormack, Editor-in-Chief of Gallery & Studio. Former writer for Village Voice and Rolling Stone


"In everything Dellamarie Parrilli does the beauty of composition seems to be her top concern. Parrilli who brought art to her music is now bringing music to her art and the songs are as lovely as ever."
      -Edward Rubin, NY Art Writer, NY Art Examiner, Member of International Association of Art Critics


"Parrilli orchestrates the canvas in the best tradition of the Abstract Expressionists who elevated American painting to preeminence in the art world by emulating the improvisational methods of jazz musicians. One of the most worthy successors of these "action painters," Parrilli generates visual excitement... Her broad layered strokes, laid down with a palette knife knitting together her compositions with a muscular thrust, provide her signature contribution to the tradition. Parrilli's synthesis of subjective emotion and natural inspiration imbues her compositions with a powerful lyricism and triumphant spiritual resonance."
      -Ed McCormack, Editor-in-Chief of Gallery & Studio. Former writer for Village Voice and Rolling Stone


"That Parrilli achieves a similar chromatic intensity and mystical resonance with the traditional medium of oil makes her work all the more remarkable. Indeed, few painters come close to her ability to infuse color with luminosity. Coupled with her chromatic sensitivity, Parrilli possesses a natural gestural fluidity that enhances the immediacy of her canvases immeasurably, imbuing her compositions with rhythmic vigor and vitality. Her painterly vocabulary is so varied as to seem virtually unlimited. Parrilli is a restless and intrepid experimenter who refuses to limit her aesthetic horizons. Intricate overall compositions…lyrical color…bold strokes…coloristically complex…symphonic in visual terms…all off Dellamarie Parrilli's paintings are possessed of a singular grandeur which sets her apart as an artist who appears destined to endure."
      -Ed McCormack, Editor-in-Chief of Gallery & Studio. Former writer for Village Voice and Rolling Stone


"Chicago-based artist Dellamarie Parrilli brings a breath of fresh air to the contemporary art scene! An aura of spirituality is pervasive which exuded an uplifting feeling of transcendence and fearlessness. She achieves all this by using bold, radiant colors that leap from the canvas with a mastery of confident brush strokes. Her virtuostic compositions open up windows to the world and define a greater sense of reality. Technically, she is a born master of her medium. She uses no preliminary sketches thus her compositions have a spontaneity that is contagious and immediately envelopes and excites the viewer. We are lucky indeed to welcome her into the mainstream of contemporary American art."
      -Nancy diBenedetto, Professor, Marymount Manhattan College, Lecturer, Metropolitan Museum of Art


"Parrilli doesn't fit easily into known categories, although her work is every bit as up-to-the-minute as anything emerging from Bushwick, Brooklyn, the latest enclave of hot young artists. Parrilli, is outrageously gifted, with unstoppable creativity …" "Her work partakes of many strategies that have become familiar in the art of the recent past: spontaneous gestures, working in mediums of oil, acrylic, and watercolor with palette knife or brushes, or deploying a drip-and-spatter technique; she does a Pollock-like dance of drips and skeins of paint in colors that would have flabbergasted Jackson; she has a way with a Surrealist language of biomorphic imagery; she organizes near-transparent panes and shards of paint into works that have the glowing translucence of stained glass, and recently has made free-form mixed-media assemblages on polycarbon, which have evolved into three-dimensional objects … … … but the hot colors (this gal has no fear of neon) and free-form imagery are all her own … … … and a PARRILLI is always recognizably a PARRILLI"
      -Ann Landi, 2014, Contributing Editor of ARTnews, Author of Schrimer Encyclopedia of Art


"The flow of Parrilli's massive abstract forms, executed in the unusual medium of watercolor on canvas possess a unique luminosity, abetted by a combination of majestic scale, chromatic subtlety and tonal delicacy that eludes even "poured paint" Color Field painters like Helen Frankenthaler, Paul Jenkins, and Morris Louis. A dynamic "wet into wet" technique send liquidic areas of blue and purple hues rippling out from large circular and semicircular shapes in a manner that creates the illusion that the pools of diluted aquarelle are still in active motion. Indeed the entire series is characterized by a sense of flux, the graceful movement of filmy veils of color dancing on the picture plane, its two- dimensional flatness opened up and imbued with a sense of depth by Parrilli's multilayered approach to washes of vibrant color". "A more familiar facet of this versatile artist's ever expanding oeuvre –– at least to her long-term critical champions and collectors –– can be seen in Parrilli's recent acrylic paintings on canvas. These untitled large-scale compositions, ranging from 72 by 60 inches upwards to 72 by 108 inches, absorb and update the entire coloristic and tactile vocabulary of Abstract Expressionism for the postmodern era on the scale to which it has the most impact. One such work employs muscular juicy pink red, blue, and white strokes broad enough to have been painted with a broom rather than with an ordinary brush. They swerve, swirl and interlock dynamically in thick coloristically variegated areas of heavy impasto with an energy akin to de Kooning". "Parrilli, a singer -dancer, before a life threatening illness aborted her entertainment career … biographical information relevant only because of the bearing it has on the energy and grace that she brings to her visual art. Indeed, Dellamarie Parrilli is still very much of the singer – dancer"
      -Ed McCormack, Editor-in-Chief of Gallery & Studio, New York, NY 2014, Former writer for Village Voice and Rolling Stone


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