Oil and acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 110cm (H) x 110cm (W) x 4.4cm (D) / 43.3" (H) x 43.3" (W) x 1.7" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Painting from the series Spatial history.
In this series, Parr revisits places and journeys that are often defined by emotion and melancholy. Tensions between past, present and future, joy and saudade, presence and absence continue to inhabit her visual language, expressed through a set of coded references and metaphors, whilst she explores the balance of spontaneity and considered control during the painting process.
Parr uses pallet knife, brush and sponge building up layers of paint and charcoal and washing away in a process that becomes as important to remove as to add, a reverberation of relationship with the canvas of addition and subtraction, push and pull.
The Artist intends to create something that is ambiguous, chimerical, organic and elemental.
Signed and dated on the side of the canvas the painting is unframed and ready to hang. The canvas is deep edged 4cm which shows small signs of the working process to the canvas sides.
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Last Updated Feb 23, 2022
Based in: Exmouth Devon and East London
"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 traveling, her way of 'painting' whilst on the move.
The Artist says, "Scape, memory and identity are ever present in my work. My childhood, spent diversely in wide-open spaces with my father fishing for mackerel and at home with my mother's hoarding and mental health issues, defined my relationship to the sea and land: The uncertainty of the deep, the spirit and memory of the open space, evoking freedom and connectedness. I do not wish to recreate those experienced places, but to unearth the truth, to centralise the feelings and emotions that were and are present and to not be afraid of the material of my past. My work is an expression of the intermingling of both joy and pain: the human condition.
When painting, I am completely immersed in the process which leads to an almost meditative state between my subconscious and the canvas surface, searching in the paint and process for work that speaks to my inner self and hopefully in turn the viewers.
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, the original Albert Square for “Eastenders” and Art Direction for Richard Eyres on "Insurance Man", the Alan Bennett Drama for BBC.
Since returning to her Art practice in 2007, bringing her creative experience as a designer with her, her work has featured on set of David Hares “Worricker” for BBC, “Breeders” starring Martin Freeman and Alun Armstrong for Sky 1 “ This Way Up” for Channel 4, "Casualty" and "The One" for BBC.
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 for 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.
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