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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison










''Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison have been collaborating for years in creating artistic photographs. Their work has been displayed in 18 solo exhibitions and over 30 group shows presented worldwide in places such as Japan, Canada, and Italy. In addition, their work can be found in over 20 prestigious art collections, including the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution and the George Eastman House. The ParkeHarrisons also lecture extensively on art and human influences on the environment.

In The Architect’s Brother, named in 2000 as one of “the Ten Best Photography Books of the Year” by the New York Times (DeCodorva), the couple portrays our environmentally shattering world in starkly poetic monochromatic photographs. These photographs are not simply taken; rather they are fabricated by the artists using photomontage and painting techniques. Each of the resulting images is metaphorical. They feature Robert ParkeHarrison as an “Everyday Man” performing various tasks in symbolic attempts to save our polluted planet. Regarding their works Robert has said, “My photographs tell stories of loss, human struggle, and personal exploration within landscapes scarred by technology and over-use…. [I] strive to metaphorically and poetically link laborious actions, idiosyncratic rituals and strangely crude machines into tales about our modern experience.” (Holy Cross)

Both Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison have college degrees in Fine Arts. After completing his bachelor’s in Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico, NM, in 1990, Robert ParkeHarrison obtained a Masters in Fine Arts at the Kansas City Art Institute, MO, in 1994 and Shana received a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from Williams Woods College, Fulton, MO, in 1986. Currently, the ParkeHarrisons reside in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, near the college of the Holy Cross, where Robert teaches photography.''


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