Using water based media — specifically gouache on archival board, April Dawn Parker creates environments comprised of both abstract and natural elements. She is Influenced by geometry and the abstract works of Wassily Kandinsky, Frank Stella, Ruth Asawa and Monir Farmanfarmaian, as well as the use of color by Henri Matisse and Richard Diebenkorn, and is simultaneously intrigued by the idea of perfect objects, such as Platonic solids, yet as soon as she depicts a geometric form, the mathematical aspects evolve into something organic and new.  


On the conceptual side, Dawn Parker’s work is inspired by polyhedrons, tiling patterns, and parametric structures. On the organic side, root systems, plant architecture, crystal formations and geodes. These disparate but intimately related elements, such as a crystal cave and the properties of polyhedrons, compel her to compare them. Which aspects do they share? When do they create tension with one another? Dawn Parker’s paintings combine these elements and function as metaphors for actual environments, where mental constructs coexist with the imperfect reality of all things material. 


Brown University, BA with Honors, Providence, RI

Yale University, School of Art, one year of Graphic Design MFA program, New Haven, CT




Skies of Gold: Willard Dixon, Sophie Dixon Dillo, Jane Kim, David Molesky, April Dawn Parker, and Irene Zweig, group show, Andra Norris Gallery, Burlingame, CA



Startup Art Fair, solo room, Hotel Del Sol, San Francisco, CA


The IXA: Venice, art and design pop-up show, Interior X Art (IXA), Venice, Los Angeles, CA


21st Annual Art for AIDS Auction, juried auction, Alliance Health Project, San Francisco, CA




Art at the Palace: April Dawn Parker, Artist-in-Residence solo show, IHangar, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA


Awaken: Elizabeth Barlow, Elmer Bischoff, Joan Brown, Kim Froshin, April Dawn Parker, John Wood, group show, Gallerie Citi (now Andra Norris Gallery), Burlingame, CA


Art by America, national juried exhibition, Art House, Chicago, IL (juried by James Wood, School of Art Institute of Chicago, and Ginny Voedisch, Art Institute Museum of Chicago)


Summer National, national juried exhibition, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA (juried by Nancy Meyers, Curatorial Asst. at Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art)


Bold, juried exhibition, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA (juried by Robert Green, Director of Robert Green Fine Arts)


Dart for Art: 4th Annual Auction, silent auction, Lymelight Foundation, Burlingame, CA



Nest: April Dawn Parker and Alyson Belcher, two-person exhibition, Gallerie Citi (now Andra Norris Gallery), Burlingame, CA


Dart for Art: 3rd Annual Auction, silent auction, Lymelight Foundation, Burlingame, CA




Narbutas Spring Art Salon: April Dawn Parker and Marguerite Elliott, two-person exhibition, Ross, CA


Small Works Holiday Show, group show, Gallerie Citi (now Andra Norris Gallery), Burlingame, CA


33rd Faber Birren National Color Award Show, national juried exhibition, Stamford Art Association, Stamford, CT (juried by Derek Leka, Faculty at Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, CT)


Works on Paper, national juried exhibition, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis MD (juried by Katherine Blood, Curator of Fine Prints, Library of Congress, Washington, DC)


Bold, juried exhibition, O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA (juried by Robert Green, Director of Robert Green Fine Arts, Mill Valley, CA)


Out of the Blue, juried exhibition, Gallery Route One, Point Reyes, CA (juried by Ruth Braunstein, Director of Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA)



Exposição de April Dawn Parker, Suzie Buchholz, group show, Colorida Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal


Dwell Magazine Home Tours: Marin, featured artist, Dehn Bloom Design: Loft, Mill Valley, CA


Marin Designer’s Showcase, estate tour, with Simon Breitbard Fine Arts, Tiburon, CA


One King’s Lane: Fine Art, inaugural on-line fine art sale, with Simon Breitbard Fine Arts, One King’s Lane, San Francisco, CA




Headlands Center for the Arts: Benefit Art Auction, silent auction, with Simon Breitbard Fine Arts, Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA


Chocolate Party Art Show, group show, Simon Breitbard Fine Arts, Mill Valley, CA


Art Bazaar, on-line fine art sale, with Simon Breitbard Fine Arts, Serena and Lily, Sausalito, CA





 “Launch: The IXA,” exhibition announcement with photograph, Luxe Interiors + Design: Los Angeles, December, 2017, pg. 126, Los Angeles, CA


 “Design meets Tech in a new way in Venice Beach,” The IXA show write-up,, Editor at Large: Business of Home, August 1, 2017


“FolioLink Website Designs, Brasilia template: April Dawn Parker,” featured website,, 2017-present, Falls Church, VA



Amy Haddad, “Art by America at The Art House: Trends and Traditions in Two-Dimensional Contemporary Art,” show review, The Art House, July 3, 2015, Chicago, IL


“Spotlight, Best of the Bay: Gallerie Citi,” gallery review, Daily Post, February 24, 2015, p. 14, Palo Alto, CA


“Portfolio Website Feature,” spotlight,, February 2015, Falls Church, VA



National Juried Winner: Abstract, award, ArtSlant 6th Showcase, October 2014, Los Angeles, CA (juried by Jennifer Jacobs, Michal Raz-Russo and Stefan Benchoam)


Paula Bolduc, “April Dawn Parker Exhibition Review,” review, Splash, March 24, 2014, Los Angeles, CA


“Clients in the Spotlight,” feature, FolioLink Newsletter, January 2014 




Soren Hemmila, “ICB Artists Exposed,” article,, December 5, 2013, Sausalito, CA


Rebecca Wilson, Director, “The Bright Fantastic,” collection, Saatchi Online, December 3, 2013, Los Angeles, CA


“FolioLink Presents: April Dawn Parker,” profile,, December 2013, Falls Church, VA


 National Juried Winner: Abstract, award, ArtSlant 8th Showcase, October 2013, Los Angeles, CA (juried by Veronica Bruce, Wendi Norris and Charlie Hood)


 Rebecca Wilson, Director, “New this Week,” collection, Saatchi Online, August 26, 2013, Los Angeles, CA


 Natalie Hegert, Editor, “Featured Artist: April Dawn Parker,” feature, ArtSlant VIEWS e-newsletter, ArtSlant Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, week of July 9, 2013, Los Angeles, CA


 National Juried Winner: Abstract, award, ArtSlant 5th Showcase, July 2013, Los Angeles, CA (juried by Neysa Page-Lieberman, Darren Jones and Deb Klowden Mann)



2012 “Dwell Home Tours: Mill Valley Loft,” article with photographs,, Dehn Bloom Design, April 28, 2012, San Francisco, CA


Mary Jo Bowling, “Interior Alchemy,” article with photographs, CA Home and Design magazine, July – August, 2012, p. 124–131, San Francisco, CA



Frank Mallicoat, Anchor, “Bay Sunday,” television interview, CBS BAY CHANNEL 5, November 20, 2011, San Francisco, CA


“ICB Artists Winter Open Studios: 11 Artists to Keep Your Eyes On,” spotlight with photograph, 7x7 SF blog, November 29, 2011, San Francisco, CA


“RSVP Hot Ticket: 2011 ICB Winter Open Studios,” post with photograph,, December 2011, Sausalito, CA




Dehn Bloom Design, Mill Valley, CA


Innovation Hangar, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA


Kes and Laura Narbutas, Ross, CA


Offices of Alto Law, Portland OR


Offices of One Economy, Portland OR


Work held in private collections throughout the United States



Innovation Hangar, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA, June – August, 2015



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