Printed on 310 gsm hahnemuehle german etching paper using archival inks
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Unawatuna II, is a recently discovered image from a Series of Photographs taken by the Artist in Sri Lanka early in 2019, some of which were Exhibited at Renata Maiblum Gallery, Copenhagen in May that year. Unable to travel and Photograph since the start of the pandemic, Parr has recently revisited her 2000 photographs taken in 2019 resulting in these newly found, prior overlooked images. When she is traveling and away from her painting studio, Parr uses a camera as her way of ‘painting’ whilst on the move, Often mistaken as reproductions of her paintings, her photographs are Original Limited Edition pieces. Renata Maiblum says of Gina Parr's work: Parr´s approach is a microcosm of surface, fragments of diversity founded on variety of exteriors; some human made, others adopting form by natural causes. Their very strong presence lends them the appearance of enlarged particles, those vibrant atoms of the country. The images exist by themselves, without need for definitions or description and, with their tactile and lively texture, seem as paintings.
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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