“Violet Parkhurst paints seascapes -life-like studies of the
bubbling foam-flinging seas of the world, which thunder off the shores in
their wild rush for the beach. Her range of work, from the mysterious
moonlit seas, to the shimmering summer surf, is inspired by her undying
thirst for life and the beauty that surrounds us everyday.”
Parkhurst’s legendary seascapes are exhibited in exclusive museums and private
collections around the world. Her extensive list of five million collectors
include four US Presidents, two Presidents of China, King of Saudi Arabia, and a
host of celebrities including her very first admirer Clark Gable. Parkhurst
paintings are currently exhibited on permanent collection in dozens of museums
around the world including the Beijing National Museum (China), Stockholm Museum
(Sweden). She has also exhibited in the famous Louvre, Paris and Prado, Madrid
Museums. In 2004 Violet Parkhurst was honored for her contribution to the arts
by the City of Los Angeles, with granting of her own namesake day, Violet
Parkhurst Day, November 2nd.
Parkhurst was born in Derby line, Vermont. As a child, Violet showed an early
penchant for drawing. She later attended the School of Practical Arts in
Boston, where she won a scholarship to the Museum of Fine Arts in Rio de
Janeiro. Her early career was followed by a year of study at Baylor College in
Waco, Texas. Violet finished her formal training in the arts at Los Angeles
of her seascapes were chosen with twenty-four other artist's paintings to tour
Europe for the Cultural Exchange. The show was at all major museums including
the Louvre and Prado. The two paintings are now in the permanent collection of
the Stockholm Museum.
In the Spring of 2002, Violet Parkhurst was invited to China,
where she was honored as the first western artist to have paintings in the
collections of The Great Hall of the Peoples Republic of China and the China
National Museum of Fine Arts, and was installed as Professor Emeritus at the
Jilin Art College.
Violet has served on the Board of Directors for the Hollywood
Bowl Easter Sunrise Service, and her artwork has been used on the cover of the
program for the past 20+ years. For her lifetime achievement Violet is listed
Who's Who in the World,
Who's Who in
Artists of Renown.
The below collection is only a small sample of the
Artist's complete offering.
Original works for sale are available upon
request in the Gallery. Please contact
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