Steve Parke: Picturing Prince

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

Proud Galleries presented ‘Picturing Prince: Photographs by Steve Parke,’ a collection of rare and intimate prints to coincide with the recent launch of Parke’s acclaimed photobook. The exhibition will reveal the unique collaboration between artist and art director, while illustrating Prince’s flamboyant persona and playful characteristics, culminated in an image of gender fluidity and sexual expression. Prince and Parke met in the late 80s at the artist’s renowned private estate and recording studio, Paisley Park, described by the latter
as a ‘mecca of creativity’. Their partnership was consolidated when Prince requested Parke to be his official photographer, a creative alliance that produced an extensive archive of over 500 photographs. Parke worked as Prince’s art director for 13 years and together
they pioneered the star’s eclectic image producing album covers, designs and often working overnight to achieve Prince’s visions. Through this exhibition, Parke shares a stripped back documentary of Prince’s enigmatic persona, revealing the humanistic and multifaceted depth to his character, formally hidden from the public eye.