Kirk Parkinson

Artist Statement:

Kirk Parkinson was born in St. George and grew up in the beautiful deserts of Southern Utah. Kirk’s artistic interests, and training, started at an early age and progressed through high school. He graduated from Dixie High School.

After high school Kirk enrolled at Dixie College and his studies included both art and journalism. After Dixie he attended the University of Utah and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business/Marketing and a Master’s Degree in Communication. Upon earning his degree he focused on journalism and postponed his painting career.

After several newspaper positions in California, Nevada and Utah, Kirk became publisher of the Provo Daily Herald in 1986. He managed the Herald for 20 years. During this period he was active in community affairs, was president of the Utah Press Association, and president of the Provo Rotary Club. After retiring from the publishing industry in 2007, Kirk returned to his artistic roots. He has enjoyed the opportunity to travel the West and paint, both outdoors and in the studio.

Kirk paints primarily with oil, but occasionally uses both acrylic and pastel. His work has evolved from moderate impressionism toward a level of realism that celebrates the unusual or dramatic aspects of Mother Nature. In seeking lighting and subject matter that express nature’s drama, a typical painting will have a high-intensity tonal quality and unrestrained use of color. He paints a variety of topical material, but primarily landscapes and portraits. Favorite locations are the mountains and valleys of Central Utah and Western Wyoming, and the deserts and canyons of the Southwest. Whether the subject material is exciting or mundane, Kirk’s paintings are generally bright and cheerful.

Notwithstanding the limitations of a short, late artist career path, Kirk has received various accolades for his work. He’s displayed his paintings at the Provo Covey Center for the Arts, and at the Provo City Library. He has been accepted in events at the Springville Museum of Art, is a regular contributor with paintings in the museum’s prestigious Spring Salon, and earned an award in the 2014 Spiritual and Religious Exhibition held at the Art Museum. He’s also shown his work at the Sears Dixie Invitational, and won third place in 2015 in the oil landscape category. This past year he was juried into all three exhibitions of the National Parks shows at the St. George Art Museum. He is currently or recently displayed paintings at Alpine Art Gallery and Relics Gallery in Salt Lake City, and at Riverside Country Club in Provo, Utah.

Although he lives in Mapleton, Utah, he spends a great deal of time in his hometown of St. George. He is a member of the Southern Utah Art Guild and has exhibited at various places in St. George, including the St. George Art Festival and the St George Art Museum. Kirk’s paintings tend to stand out in any exhibit because they are lively, bright and colorful, just like the areas he paints. Kirk’s website is

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