Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Joseph Parker, who died in May, painted "higher dimensional light beings radiating brilliant rays of light and life," his Web site says. As you can see, Parker's paintings are intensely colorful and other-worldly. Pretty impressive considering he painted without the assistance of hallucinogens. Parker, a Jew born in Europe, hid from the Nazis during World War II and moved to the U.S. in the 1970s. Before becoming an artist, he was an accountant. He suffered migraine headaches and during hypnosis therapy experienced "an out-of-body experience where he was absorbed by the bright, pure light of Divine love, birthplace of the Living Soul," a Web site tribute explains, and became a believer in mysticism. Most recently Parker lived in Desert Hot Springs, Calif.