Charles Parson has lived and worked in the West since the mid-1970’s. Having studied at the A.E. Backus Studio, Florida, he then received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1970 and an MFA from the prestigious Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1972. He has exhibited extensively throughout the United States, and in 2015, he presented his 70th One-person Exhibition. Parson has worked throughout his Fine Arts career in many diverse set of jobs, including as a contract graphic muralist and illustrator for 25 years at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. He has been an award-winning teacher at a variety of colleges, universities and schools of art, currently teaching at a urban-based college in Denver.
Being placed in a more observational stance in late 2010 by life circumstances, the artist drew upon his daily discipline of drawing. Utilizing the vistas of the remote art retreat, Sisu in Southern Colorado that his family has developed in the past 15 years, a resulting blend of sight observation evolving into the abstract distillation, presented to the viewer the process of his creative act. Focusing from this specific place and time he developed a vantage point of viewing 360 degrees the specific panoramic horizon of the area. In developing the investigative and contemplative structures that are inherent in his artistic method the artist found new resonance with specific focal points that poetically revealed themselves on the horizon. His process of distilling them down to an abstracted essence, quite often in sequential form created more awareness of the singular space that we each occupy. Framing this individual space in both sculptural and drawing forms resulted in the oft-repeated singular vertical shaft, iconic in Western sensibilities. Heavily grounded structures, physical and visual, ultimately became a plinth of the more intangible, spiritual quest that is seen in these skyward reaching forms. The poetics of the individual space, placed on the vast horizon of the West ultimately gives a view of the artist’s sense of poetics of a Still and Centered Point.