B. 1947, United Kingdom
Known for his provocative durational performances, Bob Parks is on a lifetime search for the truth. Ancient cultures, military dictatorships, method acting, gospel music and his own late mother form the heart of his all-encompassing Gesamtkunstwerk. Born in Southhall, Parks moved to Los Angeles in the 1970s. There he embarked on a series of citywide actions in the persona of an absurdist alter-ego, Bignose. Parks later became involved with South Central’s Starlight Church of God in Christ, where the African-American community introduced him to gospel music, inspiring him to produce a series of portraits which revealed Parks as a profound painter and image maker.
In recent years, Parks was included in 3rd Leggg at London’s ICA in 2011, and presented in a solo show at Grand Union in Birmingham in 2013. In 2016, Bob Parks’ life and work was profiled in The R&B Feeling, co-directed by contemporary artist Nathaniel Mellors.