This past Friday night, the show for husband and wife artists, Trip and Laura Park arrived at Charlotte’s Shain Gallery. As always we visited the gallery the day following the show to see all the new pieces.
Some of my favorites from the show included the zebra painting titled, ‘Tough Zebra’ at the entrance, and the ostrich painting titled, ‘Stoic Queen’.
Trip Park grew up in Ithaca, New York, and went to college at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was first drawn to advertising. He then moved to Chicago, later New York, where he joined advertising agencies and worked on kids’ favorites including Cap’n Crunch, Gatorade, Kellogg’s, and Ronald McDonald. His children’s commercials have won numerous awards. But advertising also brought something equally rewarding. There, he got to work with some of his favorite illustrators. Watching these artists create their pieces inspired Trip Park to try his hand at illustrating himself.
Last year I had the opportunity to catch up with Trip after their January show, and you can read the interview here.
I could definitely imagine these next two paintings in a study or man cave. There is so much humor and lightness in Trip’s pieces, and there’s no need for a study to be stuffy!
Laura Park set out to be an elementary school teacher long before painting. But her interior design interests took over when she created her retail space, Laura Park Interiors at Cotswold Marketplace in Charlotte four years ago. Now painting full time, Laura’s playful style seems to harken back to her days as a teacher, yet her sophisticated colors and abstract visions definitely take on a more learned approach as she explores a wide variety of still life’s and color studies.
To inquire about available paintings, see the galleries website here. The next show arrives in the gallery on Friday, February 8th from 6-8pm and will feature new work from artists Christy Kinard and EMYO.