Parys Gardener is a Bristol based illustrator and digital designer who has produced work for GAL-DEM magazine, a creative collective comprised of over 70 women and non-binary people of colour and worked with Black history month Bristol.
Her style of work could most easily be described as contemporary pop art. With her work, Parys aims to highlight the vioces and narratives of Black women and other WoC (Women of colour).
Parys works mostly with colour, tone and pattern across digital mediums and is passionate about communicating theories surrounding identity and culture. She often takes inspiration from her own background and family history, particularly her grandparents.
” I’m massively inspired by the strength and the legacies of my grandparents, particularly my grandmothers who were part of the Windrush generation. The more I learn about their lives, the more I become inspired to work hard. I’m also extremely proud of my heritage and I find the theories surrounding cultural identity. Those themes are always subconsciously influencing my work.”
Working in portraiture and the human figure, Parys combines traditional and contemporary formats of illustration and motifs with modern modes of representation. Parys’s strong use of powerful colours forces you to confront the issue she is conveying and presents it in a unique yet relatable manner.
One of Parys’s goals is using her work to reclaim the voices of Black women and other WoC (women of colour) and inspire others to make women of all backgrounds the centre pieces of their own narratives.
With her work, Parys aims to break down stereotypes and use it as a platform to support women of colour. Her work reclaims the voice of black women by challenging stereotypes and presenting society with a new, alternative and far more accurate representation. Using her work as a platform and voice, Parys hopes her work will normalise the image of black women and other WoC being seen as active figures in a range of narratives.
You can see more work from Parys at @Parysgardenerart on Instagram