Artist B. J. Parker

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“I think of art and art making as one of the most direct opportunities for us to engage with the beauty and complexities of life.” – B. J. Parker


B. J. Parker, PhD is a realist artist based in Saint Louis, Missouri. Trained at Texas Academy of Figurative Art, under the mentorship of Ron Cheek, B. J. is committed to furthering the realist tradition within the contemporary art world. In his work, he explores the in-betweeness of the human condition through figurative creations in graphite, charcoal, and oil. He employs traditional practices dating back to Renaissance as a means of meditating on the suffering and triumphs of life. Through engaging the liminality between pain and joy, his work seeks to make space for the individual to consider the value of her or his own life.
A proponent of arts-based research, B. J. completed a doctoral dissertation at Baylor University that used art theory and original work to propose a new reading of the Hebrew Psalter. Before beginning his PhD, he completed an MA in Religion at Baylor University, his MDiv at the McAfee School of Theology of Mercer University, and his BA in Biblical Studies with minors in Christian Education and Biblical Languages at Atlanta Christian College. After graduating from Atlanta Christian College he worked in campus ministry in Bangkok, Thailand. His research interests include artistic responses to Biblical studies, suffering in the Book of Psalms, and the tension between psalms of praise and lament.
His arts-based scholarship has appeared in Review & Expositor and Digital Humanities Quarterly.  As an Old Testament scholar, he has also accumulated a substantial portfolio of archeological drawings for scholars writing about the Ancient Near East.
B. J. Parker, PhD is currently the lead instructor at the Gateway Academy of Classical Art (GACA), an artists’ collective and training center committed to the tradition of classical realism. He also engages with the virtual art community via his Patreon site. 

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