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The Art of Peter Parnall

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Like all baleen whales, the humpback finds its dinner among the small shrimp-like creatures known as krill. The baleen don’t hunt so much as graze through enormous schools of krill, moving through the krill open-mouthed and then trapping the krill in the ridges on the roofs of their mouths.

“Famous for their dramatic leaps and vocal symphonies, humpbacks have provided excitement to thousands of whale watchers, especially around Hawaii,” said Peter Parnall.  The 2016 fine art edition series of Parnall’s humpback whales offer a range of formats and emotions from Humpback Whale’s joyous vertical leap, to the deceptively simple playful splashes of Recess, and finally the intimacy of The Singers, a pair of humpbacks who have found a safe corner of their own under the sea.

Peter Parnall has illustrated over eighty books and was awarded a Caldecott Honor for three of them including The Way to Start a Day and Hawk, I’m your Brother. Parnall published his first of many fine art editions with the Greenwich Workshop in 1972. It is a testament to his innate talent and graphic sensibility that his work looks fresh and exciting forty years later. Among the highlights in his long career he mentions “knowing the people smile once in a while when they see my prints.”

"Humpback Whale" by Peter Parnall

Humpback Whale

Open Edition Fine Art Giclèe Canvases
(Gallery Wrap Option for additional $30)

24"w x 36"h:

18"w x 26"h: $135

10"w x 16"h: $75

"Recess" by Peter Parnall

Open Edition Fine Art Giclèe Canvases
(Gallery Wrap Option for additional $30)

36"w x 16"h: $165

28"w x 12"h: $110

18"w x 8"h: $65

"The Singers" by Peter Parnall

The Singers

Open Edition Fine Art Giclèe Canvases
(Gallery Wrap Option for additional $30)

24"w x 34"h: $195

18"w x 26"h: $125

12"w x 18"h: $85

Peter Parnall Artist

About Peter Parnall

Most people know Peter Parnall through the more than ninety books he illustrated. His original paintings are in the private collections of hundreds of fans, and his work was published by The Greenwich Workshop®, Inc. in the 1970s.

Born in Syracuse, he moved to California, Texas, New Jersey and finally Maine. Parnall is easygoing, quick and perceptive but when the talk turns to art, he becomes serious. “I feel good about my work. But I have very few feelings toward work I’ve done . . . only toward work I’m about to do. It should always be somewhat experimental; if it isn’t, then nothing is being created. To continue with an existing style, in my case, is to stagnate. I have to invent something new.”

Peter’s art is powerful in a pure design sense, and when it comes to animals, which is often, he has an absolute fetish for accuracy.  “In the case of my nature pictures,” he says, “I am trying to bring them into a more contemporary realism. Painting a flaming maple tree or a darting mink is a futile and worthless task. Only those impressionists and abstract artists who lend something personal to an experience, advance the arts and are true creators.”

Parnall’s books have been published by all the leading publishing houses including Doubleday, McGraw-Hill, Little Brown & Co., Viking, Scribners, Pantheon, Simon & Schuster and Random House.


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