Trafford Parsons Artist Biography
Prominent UK street and studio artist Trafford Parsons takes inspiration from popular culture to create unique artwork celebrating a blend of street art and B-Movies. Be it 1970's icons in his Storm Trooper etchings, or Sci Fi monsters attacking London landmarks in his Gaia series of screen prints, Trafford Parsons embraces fantasy, fun and iconic imagery. Trafford Parsons claims that he was bitten by a radio-active spider from space as a child; this spider was supposedly 'equipped with a venom that acted as a super conductive growth hormone to the playful, creative artistic side of my brain.' Following this childhood mishap, Parsons embarked on a creative adventure. In the 1970s and early 80's Trafford Parsons took advantage of the New Wave and Punk energy, performing in bands, promoting events and experimenting with contemporary fashion. He was employed to run community art projects, such as films, performances and very big paintings. He really hit his stride when he found work as a performance artist dancing in the street. This led onto residencies at The Corner House and The Green Room in Manchester, and eventually to playing records in a club. Parsons explains, 'I loved it all and I was able to design flyers and posters to cover the streets of Manchester in my artwork.' Trafford Parsons has worked as an artist innovator and internationally known funk DJ ever since. His passion for music is part of his fascination with popular culture and has been a major influence on his fine art. 'It all starts with a life of nights out to underground British nightclubs. Art found me through the flyers and poster, the visual language of the night album cover art, film posters, band logos, fashion and music photos', Parsons claims. In 2000, Trafford went to study Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, part of the University of London. It was at Goldsmiths that he began working with screen prints. He continued DJ'ing in Manchester, London, New York and Ibizia, as well as making films and printing. Whilst studying art academia Trafford was more tempted and energised by the London nightlife and concluded that, for him, 'art was happening more outside the art establishment'. Film has been incredibly inspirational for Trafford Parsons. He loves Ray Harryhausen movies, 60's and 70's classics and British films such as 'Jason and The Argonauts', 'Get Carter' and 'The Long Good Friday'. Trafford is a well known James Bond buff and pays homage to this in his popular Blofeld's Cat print. He has dabbled with graffiti and street art, explored Professor James Lovelock's 'Gaia Theory', and even experimented with C.T. scans of living people. Trafford Parsons is a life-long fan and promoter of funky, underground Pop culture. He's a quirky and eccentric maverick who continues to create fascinating, unique artwork .