Robert Andrew Parker
West Cornwall, CT
Robert Andrew Parker is known for his paintings and prints of figures, landscapes, and animals. In addition, he has produced set designs for operas and films, as well as illustrations for over 90 children’s books plus major magazines, including Newsweek Magazine. In his watercolors Parker combines areas of pure color with design conceived in terms of silhouette and shape. He takes his subject matter mostly from the natural world—dogs, trees, mountains, people, birds—and condenses and simplifies imagery with a swift, expressionistic technique. Parker lives and works in New York City and West Cornwall, CT. An avid jazz musician, he is a drummer in Jive by Five, a band in northwest Connecticut. The artist’s works are held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Awards: Caldecott Award from the American Library Association (1970)