THE ART AND ILLUSTRATION OF JOHN PARRA

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09/09/22

By John Parra / September 10, 2022 / Comments Off on 09/09/22

Art News!

I know this is super early…but…I am so excited to finally share my John Parra Holiday Wondershop Line with Target stores. There are artist designed gift boxes, holiday bags, greeting cards, tree ornament, and gift wraps. You can order online now and/or collect them in stores this November/December!

Gift Boxes: https://tinyurl.com/yc7vtkbb

Holiday Bags: https://tinyurl.com/55cz86wf

Greeting Cards: https://tinyurl.com/yc5nu5tz

Tree Ornament: https://tinyurl.com/yc4dk2ph

Gift Wraps: https://tinyurl.com/yckstw5k

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03/18/22

By John Parra / March 18, 2022 / Comments Off on 03/18/22

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Thrilled to receive a Starred Review from Kirkus for my upcoming author-illustrator debut, GROWING AN ARTIST: The Story of a Landscaper and His Son, picture book. https://www.kirkusreviews.com/…/john…/growing-an-artist/

Coming May 3rd from Simon and Schuster. Preorder at: https://www.simonandschuster.com/…/John…/9781534469273SimonKIDSSimon & SchusterKirkus Reviews

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12/24/21

By John Parra / December 24, 2021 / Comments Off on 12/24/21

Art News!

A holiday gift, unwrapping F&Gs for my forthcoming book: GROWING AN ARTIST: The Story of a Landscaper and His Son. Written and Illustrated by: John Parra, Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Coming: May 2022

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7/26/21

By John Parra / July 28, 2021 / Comments Off on 7/26/21

Art News!

Today I am thrilled to share the cover reveal for my upcoming book: GROWING AN ARTIST: The Story of a Landscaper and His Son, along with a wonderful interview in Publisher’s Weekly written by Patricia J. Murphy. GROWING AN ARTIST marks my first as both author & illustrator, in a story that celebrates the bond between a father and son and the profound link between nature and art. Coming May 2022.

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7/16/21

By John Parra / July 16, 2021 / Comments Off on 7/16/21

Art News!

We are NOT the MET Illustration Auction

Today is the final day to bid on many wonderful original art pieces, created by top children’s book illustrators, including: Sophie Blackall, Mike Curato, Nick Bruel, Corinna Luyken, Jay Cooper, Lulu Delacre, Raul Gonzalez, and more. It is an honored to have been included with my work titled: Calaveras Couple / Dia de Muertos. All proceeds go to: We are NOT the MET illustration auction to benefit the Virginia Children’s Book Festival. Last bid ends at 10pm tonight! https://bit.ly/36Gmb7m

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5/26/21

By John Parra / May 26, 2021 / Comments Off on 5/26/21

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MTA ART CARD 2021

If you find yourself riding the rails of the NYC Subway you might spot a few NEW MTA Artcards. The MTA Arts & Design annually commissions three artists to create these elongated posters to showcase in subway lines for an entire year.I am happy to share with you “Birdhouse Subways” as one of this year’s prints. The image captures New York’s style, quirkiness, energy, and fun, from a bird’s eye view. These feathered friends move about the city to the tune of their own birdsong, making themselves at home in and around the subway. Look for fellow Artcard artists: Vanessa Brantley-Newton and Cleonique Hilsaca, and their awesome artwork. Artcard prints available at the New York Transit Museum Store.

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5/20/21

By John Parra / May 20, 2021 / Comments Off on 5/20/21

Art News!

Hello young artists and young artists at heart. Join me and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art #MetKids as we examine Making Portraits Personal, profiling the work behind my illustrated and award-winning children’s picture book, Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos, by author Monica Brown. Create your own self-portrait inspired art and send it to metkids@metmuseum.org for a chance to be featured on the Met Museum site. Happy drawing!

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4/23/21

By John Parra / April 23, 2021 / Comments Off on 4/23/21

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Honored to have been selected for a 2021 Award of Excellence from Communication Arts Annual 62. With over 4K illustration entries and 128 winners were picked, including my work on the picture book, THE POWER OF HER PEN, written by Lesa Cline-Ransome and published by Simon & Schuster. Thank you CA judges! https://www.commarts.com/project/32740/the-power-of-her-pen SimonKIDS

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10/23/20

By John Parra / October 21, 2020 / Comments Off on 10/23/20

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I am thrilled to be included in the NY Society Of Illustrators: Original Art Show, for my work on: The Power of Her Pen: The Story of Groundbreaking Journalist Ethel L. Payne. Thanks to the jury and congratulations to all the amazing picture book artists and illustrators! The show runs Oct.28 – Dec. 30, 2020. Visit the Society’s website here: https://bit.ly/35s88Rv

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9/17/20

By John Parra / September 16, 2020 / Comments Off on 9/17/20

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I am thrilled to be participating in a group art exhibition titled: Anthology: Elly MacKay, John Parra, LeUyen Pham, and Victoria Kann, taking place at the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, in Longwood, VA.  Anthology  highlights over 25 new, and recent favorites, pieces from four talented and respected children’s book illustrators and authors. In partnership with the Virginia Children’s Book Festival this exhibition features themes of belonging, community, and friendship.  On view 18 September — 3 January 2021.

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