Graduate student R. Nelson Parrish to present COLOR/FAST in Park City, UT


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COLOR/FAST Installation by R. Nelson Parrish Opens June 2, with Free Art Talk on June 4th

Park City, Utah – The Kimball Art Center is pleased to present COLOR/FAST, an installation by R. Nelson Parrish on June 2nd in the Main Gallery. Drawn directly form Parrish’s experience skiing, racing, and surfing—that is, shifting through landscapes and high speeds—he translates the blur of movement into brilliant flashes of color which he refers to as racing stripes.

The installation is Parrish’s first solo museum exhibition and debuts the 100th piece of his career. The #100 (Untitled) is comprised of 100 individual wall works; each one is a unique combination of wood, resin, and racing stripes.  Born in Alaska, and now based in Santa Barbara, Nelson’s passion for sport has never waned.

“The works of COLOR/FAST are based on the concept that an athletic experience and the art experience are one in the same,” explains Parrish. “It is a celebration of color and speed,” he adds.

Parrish uses athletes and landscape to inspire many of his works and enlists downhill bicyclists and skiers such as Cameron Zink, Bryon Friedman, T.J. Lanning, Marcus Elliot, and Daniel Cortina to create the basis of his work.

 A few of his well-known clients include Rob Lowe, John Legend and Andrew Firestone.

WHAT:                   COLOR/FAST Art Talk

 WHO:                    R. Nelson Parrish

WHEN:                  Monday, June 4th at 6pm

WHERE:                Kimball Art Center, 638 Park Avenue in Park City, Utah

COST:                   Art Talk is free and open to the public

Of the show, LA Times contributor David Pagel writes, “With purpose and passions, Parrish’s exhibition brings art and athleticism into graceful contact. This is rare and inspiring. It is also the mark of Parrish’s originality.”

For Parrish, COLOR/FAST was a monumental undertaking of coordinating and adapting to a bio-based pine-oil resin. “I wish I could have made the switch sooner. Non-toxic, sustainable and environmentally safe, the resin is clearer, cleaner, and stronger, which leads to better and more vibrant work.”

This exhibit is presented by Presented by KSL TV and The Butler Family Foundation. Additional support by George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, Summit County RAP Tax and Utah Division of Arts and Museums.

The Kimball Art Center (KAC) is the heart of Park City’s historic and vibrant arts community. It is a non-profit center for the arts, committed to engaging individuals of all ages in diverse and inspiring experiences through education, exhibitions and events. More information is available online at