“Parrilli’s spirit as well as her art is compelling”
Human interest stories can be risky, even irrelevant, when it comes to evaluating the work of a serious painter. Thus one is tempted to skip over the fact that Parrilli, who was born in Chicago, turned to painting after a life threatening illness curtailed her promising career as an entertainer. Yet the musicality, as well as the triumphant spiritual resonance, in Parrilli’s canvases is such that one feels compelled to at least mention such biographical facts before attempting to describe the more tangible physical qualities that make her canvases so compelling; for there is a commonly held belief in critic’s circles that true art is born out of human struggle.
Parrilli’s life has been marked by tragedy and adversity. Born in Chicago, nine weeks premature, she began her life fighting to survive. During her youth, Parrilli’s father was killed by a drunk driver, and 3 months later, her family, surviving a devastating house fire, were left homeless. Parrilli, only 11 years old at the time, embraced her creativity … music, writing, and art … she had found her voice,
While earning a BA in music from DePaul University, Parrilli studied tap, jazz and ballet, improv at Second City, and funded her education by doing theater, voice-overs and singing in clubs. Heralded by the Las Vegas Press as a “triple threat” and delivering a performance in Chicago so powerful that the Chicago Independent Bulletin called her “The greatest talent since Judy Garland at her peak” … Parrilli set her sights on Broadway, and spent the next five years giving birth to “JUDY: The Songs And Stories Of A Legend.” But as she was about to realize her dream, fate stepped in. Diagnosed with Lyme disease and Sjorgren’s Syndrome, a rare autoimmune disease, doctors told her she would never sing again. Her Broadway dream and life as she knew it came to an abrupt end.
Parrilli, a born survivor, emerged from this devastating period, spirit strong and her love of life undiminished, turning her voice, “triumphantly resonant” to her artwork.
The recipient of numerous awards and included in numerous private and corporate collections, Parrilli’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. including solo exhibitions at the Walter Wickiser Gallery, NY., The Ezair Gallery, NY, Marymount College, NY., Preston Contemporary Art Center, NM., The Fine Arts Building, Chicago. She has participated in many juried and invitational group exhibitions including those at the Florence Biennial of Contemporary Art, Florence, Italy, Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga TN, and Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center, New York.
“Parrilli brings a breath of fresh air to the contemporary art scene. Technically a born master … she literally sings and dances on her canvases with a joie de vivre that she shares with us.” “One can’t help but marvel at the breath and depth of her painterly vocabulary – her brilliant freshness, remarkable virtuosity, vibrant colors, sumptuous paint surfaces, and her innate musicality, as well as her triumphant spiritual resonance”. Recognized as one of the most talented contemporary abstract painters painting today, Parrilli“continues in the creative tradition of her artistic forbearers, Kandinsky, de Kooning, Pollock, Tobey, and even early Rothko, but from her own unique perspective and introspective vision.” “A restless intrepid experimenter who refuses to limit her aesthetic horizons, Parrilli’s paintings are possessed of a singular grandeur which sets her apart as an artist destined to endure … a voice that will not be silenced. We are lucky indeed to welcome her into the mainstream of contemporary art.”