If you have been to Barclays Center since it opened you have probably seen the huge 70 ft by 10ft mural inside the EmblemHealth Dean Entrance.
It an extraordinary work, tough, vital but also delicate and touching, apart from being huge.
Meant to embody the spirit of Brooklyn the overall impression is of immense sophistication and depth, which kind of fits with the way Brooklyn is developing these days.
It’s the work of Jose Parla, who learnt some skills as a street artist and refined his painting style with a wild detour into abstract expressionism.
Born to Cuban parents in Miami he has a current show on at the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery and buoyed by his spectacular Barclays work, he is getting lots of commissions.
Being true to his Brooklyn connections, he now has a studio in Fort Greene. Go Jose your talent is huge. LIKE the vital fusion of street art and other styles.