Erik Parker x Maria Brito
With her debut collection, Maria Brito features three limited edition clutches with artworks by Erik Parker, Carlos Rolon/Dzine and Kenny Scharf. These day-to-evening accessories accommodate the haute experience of art, as well as the utilitarian simplicity of a well-designed bag. This particular collection is the result of Maria’s contemporary art practice and savvy design strategy. For a simple start, the rectangular shape resembles a canvas much more than a duffel bag, T-shirt or pair of sneakers. The clutches are faithful reproductions of the artists’ works, whether archival or culled from current exhibitions. Each pattern is printed on acrylic using museum-quality techniques so that over time their colors will deepen and brighten. And like any limited-edition print, the artist signatures are etched on the verso. The patterns will talk to a person who wants to accessorize in a fun way, as well as to those familiar with the designs These artists love to work with color and patterns, repetitions and rhythm. They are looking to inspire their audiences.
About Erik Parker
Erik studied at the University of Texas, Austin with Peter Saul before receiving his master of fine arts from Purchase College of the State University of New York. Employing his own wildly inventive architecture and signature neon palate, Erik Parker creates bold, graphic compositions that riff on the traditional genres of portraiture and still-life. His visionary paintings draw their inspiration from diverse elements of American subculture—psychedelia, underground comic books, the Chicago Imagists, hip hop and heavy metal— as well as Picasso, Francis Bacon and Roy Lichtenstein. Erik’s pieces can be found in the permanent collection of The Brooklyn Museum in New York, Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, The RISD Museum of Art, Providence, Rhode Island, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco and The Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut among many others. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Collaboration featured in:
Wall Street Journal