Kenneth E. Parris III
104 Work Weeks: On Tour With the Merce Cunningham Dance Company

Kenneth E. Parris III is a Brooklyn based artist. Born in Philadelphia, PA, 1975, raised in Austin, TX, Kenneth had his first solo exhibition at G Gallery in Houston, TX, March 2007. Since then, he has exhibited in galleries and exhibition spaces in New York City and across the United States as well as in numerous Contemporary Art Fairs. Kenneth graduated with a BFA in Illustration and an AAS in Graphic Design from Rochester Institute of Technology, NY.

He has a professional background in Advertising and Design with extensive experience in branding, the creation of corporate identities and art direction of commercial shoots, photo shoots and print production. Kenneth has worked with luxury brands to rock bands. He has art directed and designed brand materials for Pulitzer Prize winning photographer David Turnley and Oscar Winning filmmaker Cynthia Wade. He is Co-founder of The 400 Geese and Creative Director of My Jerusalem.

Blending layers of wood, paper, type, paint and image he explores inter-personal relationships and the effect of an individuals actions on the surrounding human landscape. His paintings and installations have been critically acclaimed by a number of publications and media including National Public Radio. Kenneth also works in nontraditional ways through his ‘Direct Action’ art and collaborations with musicians and organizations, painting on unique and unexpected surfaces.

He has won awards from the American Advertising Federation and had work selected for the Bombay Sapphire & Russell Simmons Artisan Series. Kenneth was on the final two-year world tour with The Merce Cunningham Dance Company where he created an original series of drawings and text titled ‘Drawing Dance’ for The New York Times. This series was featured for twenty-three weeks on the ArtsBeat blog. His artwork is in numerous collections including Lester Marks and Dr. Richard J. Massey.

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