Don Parr: Abstractions in Aviation Art
Frontiers of Flight Museum
June 15 through September 21, 2012
The Frontiers of Flight Museum will open the art exhibition Vectors: Abstractions in Aviation Art by Don Parr on Friday, June 15. The exhibition that features abstract paintings and constructions with aviation themes will be on display through September 21.
Hours are Mondays-Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays 1-5 p.m. The Frontiers of Flight Museum is located at 6911 Lemmon Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75209. For information, call 214-350-3600 or visit The Flight Museum website.
About the Artist
Don Parr is a Dallas financial advisor and artist. While living in New York City in the 1970s, he was inspired by the contemporary artists in the abstract impressionist, minimalist and color field genres and created his first paintings. After a 35-year hiatus he returned to his art, using color field and abstract impressionist techniques with aviation themes. Many of his current works employ aluminum panels and constructions with aircraft designs and are the focus of his 2012 show, Vectors, at The Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas.
Parr’s works portray the functional aesthetics of aircraft design —an elegant balance of strength, weight, and aerodynamic efficiency. His art captures the essence of this balance with artistic abstraction that facilitates appreciation of the underlying uncontrived, pure aesthetics. He focuses on early airplanes with fabric covered wood frames as well as those with all-metal construction with riveted aluminum panels. Parr constantly seeks new methods to celebrate this extraordinary expression of function rarely found in man-made products.
The Frontiers of Flight Museum is located on the southeast corner of Dallas Love Field Airport at 6911 Lemmon Avenue (at University). Over 25 aircraft and space vehicles are on display, including the Command Module from the Apollo 7 space mission, a complete Southwest Airlines Boeing 737, and the one-of-a-kind Vought V-173 “Flying Pancake.” Comprehensive and engaging exhibits include thousands of rare aviation artifacts, photographs and memorabilia. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Regular admission rates are $8 for adults; $6 for seniors (65+); $5 for children/youth ages 3 through 17; and free for children under age 3. For more information, call (214) 350-1651 or visit www.flightmuseum.com.