James Parenti

Born in Chicago

James Parenti is a Chicago-based artist. He is a graduate of the Fine and Applied Arts school at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and has been working in Chicago since 1999.

Perhaps best known for his "bubble" paintings, Parenti sees his work as an evolution of cubism and other work revolving around fractured images. This includes the grid divided portraits of of Chuck Close and the David Hockney Polaroid “joiner” pieces and his colorful representations of the California landscape.

Unlike the artists mentioned above, Parenti focus on subject matter of a more "classic" origin. The subjects in the bubble paintings and their successive "blurred" paintings are simple and uncomplicated, using straightforward bust portraits or classic figure poses. The palette leans toward lush, warm colors, and the composition of both the subjects and the circles is meant to emulate Baroque period paintings. This stylistic bent intersects with his experience working in commercial graphic design and photography. This experience has moved him to develop imagery that is not only photographic in nature, but also reminiscent of popular photo-editing software.

The "bubble" and "blur" paintings are not the only work Parenti creates. These have been developmental pieces to which he may return, but in the meantime he continues to produce a wide range of paintings.

This artist may be interested in commissioned work. Contact us for details. You can also find out more about this artist at www.jamesparenti.com.

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Man On Street At Night

Female Figure Stretching

Figure, Seated and Reaching Ahead



Reclining Male and Female

Figure with Outstretched Hand

Hands #2

Reclining Figure with Hands Outstretched

Clasped Hands


Large Wine Bottle

Wine Bottle #2

Wine Bottle #3

Wine Bottle #4

Still Life #1

still Life #2

Still Life #3


Seated Figure

Female (Blue Background)

Internal Logic


Miss You


Misology 1

Misology 2

Female in Foreground, Male in Background

Male in Foreground, Female in Background


Couple In Bar At Night

Apple Bowl

Red and Green Apples Near Window

Green Apple in Foreground, Red in Background

Red and Green Apple Against Dark Background

Single Green Apple

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