Our current exhibition, Photorealism: The Everyday Illuminated will be on display for three more weeks.

Today we present to you David Parrish and his painting Ferris Wheel. With plentiful color, brilliant motion, and unique composition, Ferris Wheel stands out as one of Parrish's important masterpieces.

Photorealism: The Everyday Illuminated - an exhibition at Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art gallery

"Four decades as an 'official' Photorealist--the early decades spent chasing, photographing, and painting motorcycles...Then later, the porcelain Elvises, Marilyns, Deans, the masks, the myriad kitschy gewgaws, toys, and thrill rides that were such fun to paint--the time has passed so quickly. 

Now a fifth decade, I hope, and thanks to a generous friend who encouraged me to enter the new age, I have a PC, a printer, and a couple of point-and-shoot digital cameras--a whole new way to view the world! Small, lightweight, very portable--I carry a digital camera everywhere I go. 

Today I am working on another motorcycle painting agian, at the same old stand, in the same old way, translating a photo image onto canvas with oil paint and sable brushes, but I've got a whole new toolbox full of goodies to help me accomplish the task a little bit more easily, and it's beginning to feel like the good old days all over again." 

- David Parrish

From the book Photorealism in the Digital Age © 2013Citation: Bernarducci, Frank, Harris, Elizabeth K., and Meisel, Louis K. Photorealism in the Digital Age. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, 2013.


Photorealist artists Bertrand MenielGus HeinzeBen SchonzeitRalph GoingsRobert CottinghamDon Jacot, and Tom Pfannerstill have successfully utilized their expert skills to turn the urban banal into the beloved. Their mastery of nuance and detail invites the viewer to experience the beauty and excitement of city life.

Ben Schonzeit painting / Sixth Avenue

Bertrand Meniel painting / Roaring

Don Jacot painting / Ecstasy and True Love

Gus Heinze painting / Allstate

Ralph Goings painting / Laundry Interior

Robert Cottingham painting / Boulevard Drinks

Tom Pfannerstill sculptures / Subway & Pepsi

For more information, see exhibition page Photorealism: The Everyday Illuminated


"Art, for me, is the narration on canvas of everyday life experiences." -Roberto Bernardi, Photorealist painter

Roberto Bernardi - "Le Due Luci"


Photorealists Jack Mendenhall, Robert Gniewek, Yigal Ozeri, David Parrish, Ben Schonzeit, and Rod Penner transport us to majestic sceneries that are hyperreal while simultaneously dreamlike. Evoking memory and imagination while remaining uncannily real, these paintings invite us to contemplate, drawing upon our own unique experiences.

Jack Mendenhall - Twilight at Kapalua

Robert Gniewek - Majestic Grill #5

Yigal Ozeri - Untitled; Garden of the Gods

David Parrish - Ferris Wheel

Ben Schonzeit - Ammoudi

Rod Penner - House with Yellow Toy