"Art is longing. You never arrive but you keep going in the hope that you will." Anselm Kiefer.
Gina Parr is a widely collected Artist who works predominantly in the medium of painting, but also photographs when travelling, her way of painting whilst on the move.
The image of the sea and the Artist’s thoughts about memory and identity are ever present in her work. Her childhood, spent diversely in wide-open spaces, fishing for Mackerel with her father, and her mother with her hoarding and mental health issues defined the Artist’s relationship to the sea and land, the uncertainty of the deep, the spirit and memory of the open space, evoking freedom and connectedness. She does not wish to recreate those experienced places, but to unearth the truth, to centralise the feelings and emotions that were and are present, to not be afraid of the material of her past. The Artist’s work is an expression of the intermingling of both joy and pain: the human condition.
When painting, she is completely immersed in the process, building a reverberating relationship with the canvas, a push and pull of spontaneity and controlled intention. She employs palette knife, cloth, brush, sponge and fingers, to add, remove, scratch, blur and work the paint, often drawing into the paint with charcoal, whilst aiming to evoke an atmosphere drawn from the process, the emotional trigger and the colour palette employed.
Originally trained as a Fine Artist, graduating with a First Class BA Honours Degree, she went on to Chelsea College of Art to study Set Design, leading to a 25 year career Production Designing a multitude of sets and stages for the likes of David Bowie, Kylie, Robbie Williams, “Shooting Stars” with Vic and Bob and the original Albert Square for “Eastenders”. She has Art Directed for Richard Eyres on "Insurance Man", the Alan Bennett Drama for BBC, has had work featured on set of David Hares “Worricker” for BBC, “Breeders” starring Martin Freeman and Alun Armstrong for Sky 1 and “ This Way Up” for Channel 4. She returned to work as an Artist in 2007, bringing her creative experience as a designer to her Art practice.
She has also lectured in art and design in various colleges including Chelsea College of Art and Nottingham University, has exhibited in galleries and art fairs in the UK, Denmark and Italy, the Society of Women Artists, of which she is an Associate member, and has completed commissions in The Middle East, Belgium and London.
Her works are held in collections Worldwide including Keble College Oxford, Director of Jestico + Whiles Architects London, President of the Boston's Children's Museum USA, Senior Economist Goldman Sachs, Argentex and Vedanta Headquarters in London, to name but a few.
She now lives and works between Devon and London’s East End.
1957 Born Exeter Devon UK
1975 - 1976 Foundation Course Exeter Art College.
1976 - 1979 First Class BA Honours Degree in Fine Art Lanchester Polytechnic Coventry
1980 - 1981 PGCADE Middlesex Polytechnic London
1982 - 1983 Design for Television Chelsea College of Art London.
2021 Associate Member of The Society of Women Artists London UK
2020 Shortlisted and Exhibited The Chaiya Art Awards (online)
2018 Shortlisted and Exhibited The Chaiya Art Awards OXO Gallery London
2017 Aesthetica Art Prize Longlisted
2014 Aesthetica Art Prize Longlisted
1996 Royal Television Society Design Award 1 of 3 Shortlisted London
1981 Awarded Arts Council England Grant Exeter
1980 Awarded Arts Council England Grant London
2021 - Large commission for Neon Gallery London
2021 - Photographs on set of Channel 4 Drama Series - " This way up "
2021 - Photographs and Paintings on set of "Breeders" series 2 SKY.
2020 - Composting - Oct Newsletter by Art Writer Kate Reeve Edwards about my work here - https://www.culturalcapitalarts.co.uk/contact
Selected Group Exhibitions / TV
2021 Commission collaboration Neon Gallery London
2021 SWA 160th Annual Show (online this year)
2021 - Photographs and Paintings on main set of "Breeders" series 2 Now tv /SKY 1.
2021 Gallery Artists Group Show The Stratford Gallery Broadway UK
2021 Photographs on set of "This Way Up " series 2 Comedy Drama for Channel 4 Television.
2021 Gallery Artists Group Show The Archive Fine Art Salisbury UK
2020 Chaiya Art Awards Exhibition (online)
2020 SWA 159th Annual Exhibition (online)
2020 Group Show The Irving Gallery Oxford
2020 Paintings on set of “ Flack “ on W UK, and Pop US
2020 Paintings on set of “ The One “ for Netflix
2020 Paintings and Photography on set of new SKY Production “ Breeders “ staring Martin Freeman
2019 December Group show Renata Maiblum Gallery Copenhagen.
2019 SWA 158ttth Annual Exhibition The Mall Galleries London
2019 Brook Gallery Fresh Art Fair Ascot Racecourse
2019 David Lolly Gallery - AAF Battersea London
2018 Boecho Gallery London - Christmas show
2018 100% Design Fair - Brook Gallery with Art Haus at Olympia Grand London
2018 Summer show The Stratford Gallery
2018 Fresh Art Fair Cheltenham with Brook Contemporary
2018 “The Blues” Boecho Gallery London
2018 Shortlisted and Exhibited for The Chaiya Art Awards OXO Gallery London
2018 Paintings on set of new BBC Production staring Martin Freeman in 2019
2017 Christmas show Candida Stevens Gallery
2017 Christmas / Jan 18 show The Stratford Gallery Stratford Upon Avon
2017 Candida Stevens Gallery The Affordable Art Fair Battersea London
2017 Brook Contemporary Budleigh Salterton, Fresh Art Fair Cheltenham
2017 "The Land" Candida Stevens Gallery Chichester
2017 "Beyond the real” The Stratford Gallery Stratford Upon Avon
2016 Artdog Gallery Edinburugh Art Fair, Hampstead AAF, Manchester Buy Art Fair
2015 "Kind of Blue" Candida Stevens Fine Art Chichester
2015 "Driven to abstraction" Atom Gallery London
2014 Thomas and Paul Gallery Collection and Mixed Media Summer show Little Venice London
2014 Aesthetica Art Prize Nomination
2014 Paintings and Photographs on set - David Hares BBC 2 Drama Woricker - Salting the Battlefield
2013 "An abstract view" Thomas and Paul Gallery Little Venice London
2013/14/15 AAF Battersea London SL Gallery
Solo Exhibitions / Commissions / Performance Art
2019 Two Artist show “ Deceived with Ornament " Renata Maiblum Gallery Copenhagen
2019 Solo show “ Night Fishing “ David Lolly Gallery Cambridge
2018 Solo show “ Casting off “ Brook Contemporary Budleigh Salterton Devon
2018 Commission Belmond Cadogan Hotel London - Artefact Hotel Consultants
2018 Commission Belgium - Artefact Hotel Consultants
2017 Commission for 2 large works for the Middle East - Artefact Hotel Consultants
2014 Solo show Candida Stevens Gallery Chichester
2013 Four paintings purchased by Keble College Oxford Permanent Collection
2012/13/14 Devon Open Studios
2009 Coningsby Gallery London
2007 Four Walls Gallery Brighton
1981 Performance “Eat me drink me” Spacex Gallery Exeter – Awarded Arts Council England Grant
1981 Performance “Chocolate” Heaven London
1980 Performance “Walking with Ducks” Middlesex Polytechnic London
1980 Performance “The Line” The Drill Hall London
1980 Performance “Not enough room to swing a cat in here” Waterloo Gallery London – Awarded Arts Council England Grant
1980 – 1983 Various large scale murals - London