"When someone sees and/or feels something in my art, I have done my job. I’ve contributed something and when the viewer connects with the piece, I feel joy and excitement because I’ve translated a piece of life, effectively in a powerful way. When a person has Asperger’s, they can often feel the need to isolate themselves from people and society in general, but with my art, I can connect with people. This is huge in such a healthy and progressive way. For me, my art is actually therapy. They say people with Asperger’s have a hard time showing their emotions and seem cold. In my paintings, people find emotion. It’s a magnificent thing when emotion is found, both for me and the viewer. I’ve noticed my art has the power to transcend all worries, hang-ups, negativity, and the pointless aspects of the trivial sort of mind. All pettiness begins to fall away. How brilliant this is."
Carl Parker is a dynamic, Canadian artist who creates abstract and expressionist paintings with colourful layers. Carl was diagnosed with high functioning autism (Asperger's Syndrome) at age 36. He has turned an Autism diagnosis into a positive and progressive element within his life and art. His art can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the world, including Canada, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Europe. To date, he has shown his work in various cities including Toronto, Calgary, Florence, Italy and Paris. His piece, Rustic Place, can currently be viewed at the Ontario Legislative Assembly's In Camera Dining Room. His book, Carl Parker: A Life In Paint, available through Amazon, is a collection of some of his favourite works with a write-up on each. The book is receiving rave reviews and has a 5 star rating.
"The person on the spectrum CAN experience triumphs of massive proportions. They CAN contribute important things to the world."
- Carl Parker
- Carl Parker