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L.A. artist to sign winning 'Time Machine' cover design from Bravo's 'Work of Art'

June 25, 2010 | 10:34 am

Timemachine (Note: This post contains spoilers from the current episode of "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist" on Bravo.)

Would you pick up a copy of H.G. Wells' "The Time Machine" featuring the cover design pictured to the left? The judges of Bravo's reality series "Work of Art" thought you would, and they named it the winning creation of this week's episode.

The artist behind the design is John Parot, a Los Angeles art studio manager, who is one of the remaining contestants on the new series. Parot is a visual artist who specializes in painting and drawing and has participated in a number of solo and group shows during his career. But the book-cover win has given him his biggest exposure to date, and now a victory lap is clearly in order.

The young artist will make an appearance at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena at 7 p.m. June 30, where he will sign copies of his winning design.

The Penguin edition of "The Time Machine" featuring Parot's cover went on sale Thursday, the day after the artist won the latest challenge.

During this week's episode, the judges praised Parot's design for its abstract innovation and commercial viability. Jerry Saltz, one of the show's judges and an art critic for New York magazine, described it as a "pink pineapple."

The other novels that received graphic makeovers by the show's contestants were Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" and Bram Stoker's "Dracula."

Parot has been regularly commenting on the series via Twitter. In one recent tweet, he called into question his fellow contestant Miles' decision to read the entirety of "Frankenstein" before beginning work on his design.

"There was no way miles read the entire book -- maybe with his earphones which no contestant was allowed to have," wrote Parot on Twitter. (Miles won the previous two rounds of the series.)

KCRW (89.9-FM) recently hosted a panel discussion on "Work of Art," featuring Saltz as one of the commentators.  You can also read more of our coverage of the series by following the links below.

-- David Ng

Photo credit: Penguin Group

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