Everyone loves a parade, don’t they? Well, I certainly do. And Seattle artist Pamela Durga Robinson’s Parade series brilliantly captures the spirits of the parts that make the whole.
She choses to isolate the individual players– band members, clowns, audience– so that we can focus in on them and their experience.
Her figures are so human.. these are your parents, children, friends, the people you see at the supermarket on Sunday. She uses negative space to give importance to figures that otherwise might just be faces lost in the crowd. And her brightly colored backgrounds recall the upbeat cheeriness of a parade and provide an interesting juxtaposition against the sometimes sullen faces.
Featured image is Anticipation, oil on canvas, 36×12. All images are courtesy of the artist’s website.