"Generation X" - By TRAFFORD PARSONS
"Generation X" - By Trafford Parsons
Mixed media - hand pulled silk screen and spray paint .
70 x 50 cm
Printed on snowden 300gsm paper
Limited edition of 20
“ My art is an expression of my joy of life, there is nothing else ”..
Trafford Graduated Fine Art Goldsmiths University London 2003
While at Goldsmiths he discovered the Pop art aesthetic and ideas that guide his work: making films , sculptures ,painting , collaborating with performers and musicians and printing .
After graduating he immediately started selling his limited edition prints and originals. He worked with Pictures On Walls (Banksy), and was part of the legendry Santa’s Ghetto show in 2006.
This was the start of seeing Trafford’s work all over the world, first with the Affordable Art Fair and then independent galleries that share his love of satire and fun.
Trafford is part of the generation of artists that see no strict limit to what is a gallery/art space. Maybe the oddest place he shows art is at yearly Radiologist conferences in Europe and the US which he’s done for 15 years. The most fun show is the Urban in Ibiza festival, he enjoys finding new places for art work : Big Walls, shop shutters, hi-fi shops, furniture stores, hotels, offices, night clubs , student unions, concert halls, the Party Pad in Manchester and Liverpool .
On top of this Trafford has an ever growing body of work – with street art and murals in restaurants.
Trafford Makes pictures that allude to films that have never been made or that he wants to make, playing with the elements of a story yet to be written. We enter his world of wonder and mischief. The work is a “what if”, we the viewer get to join into this idea.
‘I recently painted Clint Eastwood on the outside of a tattoo studio in the wild west of Manchester – Swinton . The idea was fun – once i get an idea the work makes itself "
Printing is a magical process
"Out of all the stuff i make, the printing stands out for me, i love the individual yet industrial process
– the way so many of the things we rely on are printed , money, tickets, t-shirts, books , art we live in a printed world .”
Having started as a punk rocker making his own outfits and playing in bands, promoting fashion shows at the hacienda Manchester, Performance artist, Dancer, Funk DJ, Club Promoter, Film maker, Street/Mural artist. We need a word to describe the way all these things are one art practice, So the Beautalist movement . Trafford recently (2019) joined / co founded a group of like minded artists - The Beautalists, a group of artists who are exploring the concept of brutal beauty. More art and more mischief.
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