Art Happy Hour

Gallery Talk with Graydon Parrish

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Cycle of Terror and Tragedy: September 11, 2001, 2002-2006, Graydon Parrish (b.1970), Oil on Canvas, 76 x 210 in., New Britain Museum of American Art, Charles F. Smith Fund and in memory of Scott O’Brien who died in the World Trade Center, given by his family

Join Parrish for his annual visit to the NBMAA where he’ll lead a discussion in front of his artwork The Cycle of Terror and Tragedy, September 11, 2001 that will be newly installed in the Alix W. Stanley Gallery with other post contemporary works from the permanent collection. Parrish graduated from Amherst College, Massachusetts, after studying at the New York Academy of Art. He admires the classical style of painting as exemplified by Raphael, Jacques-Louis David, and William-Adolphe Bouguereau where the viewer can see the direct influence of these masters in his work.

Reception and refreshments 5:30 p.m.
Lecture 6-7 p.m.


Free with Museum admission


Thursday, September 10, 2015 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Graydon Parrish

Grayson Parrish received his training at the New York Academy of Art where he earned his MFA and in the private atelier of Michael Aviano. Later he continued his education studying art history at Amherst College and assisting Gerald M. Ackerman on the catalogue raisonees of Jean-Léon Gérôme and Charles Bargue. This contributed to his deep understanding of 19th century artistic practices, philosophies and criticisms. Parrish has lectured at the Clark Art Institute, the University of Hartford, the Austin Museum of Art and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Today, Parrish’s work can be found in many public collections including the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Butler Art Institute and the Blanton Museum of Art as well as the personal collections of Michael Huffington, Christopher Forbes and Carmen Dell’Orefice.