Northampton, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
About David Parker
The paintings might best be described as having a loose, largely unconscious imaginative relationship with inner psychic landscapes. The paintings have some structural connections with rock surfaces and their hallucinatory capacity to evoke dream states and imaginative other worlds. They are not however illustrations or topographical renderings of rock forms. I am fascinated by how liminal states of attention and awareness, states on the border between consciousness and unconsciousness, can open up a whole new visual territory, one that effectively re-instates the primacy of imagination. Through the process of painting, I am attempting to form a bridge between consciousness and unconsciousness, meticulously structuring intuitive responses to random marks, lines and colours. Fundamental to this work is a commitment to the revealing power of imagination and a belief that, through imaginative processes, the individual transcends the illusion of appearances and accesses the trans-personal, archetypal foundations of thought and image. The paintings develop organically, marks are applied initially without any consciously directed thought process "” eye and mind are allowed to wander and respond to the developing structures. They are built up in layers over many hours of intense, obsessive application "” often taking two or three years of sustained engagement. It is important to me that every mark carries an aesthetic meaning within the total structure.
I have a first degree in art practice, an MA in Art & Psychotherapy from the University of Sheffield and a PhD in Painting as Process from a Jungian theoretical perspective.
2011 Paintings 2004-2011, Parker, D. (Doctoral Submission), Painting as process: a Jungian approach to image and imagination as experiential practice in contemporary culture, September 26 – October 21, Avenue Gallery, The University of Northampton, UK.
2009 Exchange: 2 Universities, 2 groups of researchers, 2 exhibitions, 2 dialogues, (peer selected group exhibition) University of Plymouth & University of Northampton collaborative project, Plymouth & Northampton, U.K. November 18 – December 18.
2008 The Abstract Unconscious, (Virtual gallery) San Francisco Jung Institute, Conference on: Psyche and Image: reflections on Image, The San Francisco Jung Institute Extended Education Programme May 1st- 4th, San Francisco, USA.
2008 The Abstract Unconscious, (Joint exhibition with Michael Evans)
January 14- February 22, Avenue Gallery, The University of Northampton, Northampton, U.K.
2007 The Abstract Unconscious, (Joint exhibition with Michael Evans) October 29th – November 16th, North East Wales Institute of Higher Education, Wrexham, U.K.
2006 Recollections, (Group exhibition) Rugby City Gallery, Rugby, UK.
2003 Open Exhibition, (Selected exhibition) the City Gallery Leicester, UK.
2002 Research in Progress, (Group exhibition), University College Northampton, Northampton, UK.
1999 The Art of Imagination (Selected group exhibition) Mall Galleries
1997 Works at Leo Burnett, (solo exhibition) Leo Burnett,
Sloane Ave. South Kensington,