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Just The Tip

May 17 – June 21, 2014

CES Gallery is pleased to present Just The Tip, a solo exhibition featuring new paintings by Los Angeles based artist, Mike Parillo. This is the self-taught artist’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles and third solo show with the gallery.

Having grown up within the early days of snowboarding lifestyle, Parillo began painting in the 1990s while working as a commercial artist in the action sports industry. From this period, he developed distinctive narrative motifs and a striking color palette that occur throughout his bodies of work. Just The Tip implies a new beginning for Parillo and in his involvement with the Los Angeles art community.

Parillo’s paintings are characterized by his tendency to paint using tight, frenetic brushstrokes in a palette of neons and pastels. Camouflage is a source of fascination for him and he layers several bright patterns over one another in his abstract works. Each pattern competes for supremacy, contradicting camouflage’s natural intent to conceal. Parillo’s narrative paintings cluster symbolic imagery that reference archetypal stories of success and pitfalls. For Parillo, Just The Tip is a metaphor for the struggle between failure and success.