Sky Parra is an emerging portrait and figuration painter based in Brisbane. Interested in the humanising agency of paint, her works explore the emotive narratives of exchange and empathy. Investigating themes of truth and ontology, Parra’s practice loosely constitutes a site for existential inquiry, jockeying the ineffable human experience in a bid to record the passing of time and uncover the facets of our interpersonal relationships.


Using a gestural impasto application to render sensitive depictions of her subjects, Parra emphasises the materiality of the paint. Each gesture, deliberate and charged, meets quiet space, it is at this intersection that the viewer is confronted with the multi-dimensionality of the subject. Using the language of photography, Parra creates snapshots that isolate and hold moments. Compressing time, her work elicits a sense of intimacy and reflection.