fine art of the human form
The Art of Rusel Parish
Rusel Parish uses multi media in highly charged series to highlight prominent figures and the consequences that arise from fame and celebrity. His recent series, "Missionary Fantasy", uses familiar religious figures caught in compromising sexual situations.
Parish's most notable series was an installation exhibited at Figureworks in September/October 2009 entitled Cult of Michael Jackson.
This exhibition presented the life of Michael Jackson from childhood to present and had been a focus for Parish over the last three years. Continuing societies endless fascination with MJ, this work does not judge the addiction but tries to understand its complexities. Presented in a chapel-like format, the work brought together pop expressionism with religious iconography and was a study of how media and cultural obsession met in a powerful way, multiplying images and ideas globally.
This exhibition was not created nor altered around Jackson's recent death but had been scheduled earlier that year to coincide with Jackson's fall world tour. With this shocking turn of events, the exhibition presented a range of emotions from celebration to sadness.