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Parlee Erz /   Graham Lawrie

United Kingdom 1971

Graffiti, Illustration

Parlee Erz
Graham Lawrie
Male
United Kingdom
1971
November 15, 2015
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Parlee Erz, also known as Pali Erz, or just Parlee, is a pseudonym for the British artist Graham Lawrie. He is best known for his graffiti and illustrations of comic book and cartoon characters. Parlee was born in 1971. He received his academic training at Nottingham Trent University, which he enrolled at in 1991. Three years later, in 1994, he received his Bachelor’s degree with Honors in Fine Arts. However, Parlee’s interest in art, especially graffiti, developed much earlier, and he began writing in 1983.

Parlee’s Street Art

Parlee Erz - Untitled, 2015 - Copyright Parlee Erz
Parlee Erz – Untitled, 2015

Together with several friends from school, Parlee started a Graffiti crew The Essex Rockerz (hence ‘ERZ’ in some of his pseudonyms) in 1986. The group is still active and successful to this day. The British artist is also associated with “Art is the Cure”, an organization where he volunteers as a teacher to many aspiring young street artists.

Parlee’s work is heavily influenced by his background and interests when he was a kid. He draws inspiration from the cartoons he watched as a child, Hip Hop and Graffiti culture he admired as a teenager, and even mark making and figurative drawing he had encountered while studying at Art College. Parlee briefly experimented with canvas, and today he uses acrylic glass as a surface, as it best captures the light and colors of his characters. His paintings capture the viewers’ imagination, opening a dialogue between the environment and artwork itself.

Characters from X-Men: Magneto, Xavier & Wolverine

Parlee Erz - M, X and W (respectively), 2015 - Courtesy of Vertical Gallery
Parlee Erz – M, X and W (respectively), 2015

Highly praised, Parlee’s art was featured in numerous shows in London. In 2015, the artist participated in Heroes & Villains, a group show organized by Vertical Gallery from Chicago. It was also his USA debut, where he exhibited his collection of superhero characters as kids. All pieces were done in watercolor, ink and spray paint. Today, he is represented by Vertical Gallery.

Parlee Erz resides and works in London, UK.

Featured image: Parlee ERZ portrait, image copyright Imitate Modern website
Other images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Heroes & VillainsVertical Gallery, Chicago Group
2013Emporer Yes 2nd exhibitionTop Office Machines, Bethnal Green, LondonGroup
2012End of the lineShoreditch arches, Shoreditch, LondonGroup
2012Walkabout Foundation ShowThe Village Underground, Shoreditch, LondonGroup
2012Death Rattle ExhibitionTop Office Machines, Shoreditch, LondonGroup
2012Artist in residenceDoopo Doopo Gallery, LondonSolo
2012Follow your artThe Village Underground, Anti Slavery International, LondonGroup
2012Group ShowHigh Rollers Society Gallery, LondonGroup
2012Group ShowWestbank Gallery, Nottinghill, LondonGroup
2012Emperor YesTop Office Machines, Shoreditch, LondonGroup
2012Good Times RollHigh Rollers Society Gallery, LondonGroup
2012Summer ExhibitionHeatham House Gallery, Twickenham, LondonGroup
20121st Cut ShowWestbank Gallery, Nottinghill, LondonGroup
2011Group ShowThe Opera Gallery LondonGroup
2011Bank Job ShowWestBank Gallery, Nottinghill, LondonGroup