Gina ParrBritish (b. 1957) - lives in Exmouth / London
My work is held in the collections of Keble College Oxford, Director of Jestico + Whiles Architects London, President of the Boston Children's Museum USA, a Senior Economist at Goldman Sachs International London and many other private collections worldwide.
I am represented by Candida Stevens Gallery Chichester, Brook Contemporary Budleigh Salterton, and the Stratford Gallery in Stratford Upon Avon. Work has featured in Art and Design Magazine Tallulah, UK BBC series Holby City, David Hares BBC Drama Worricker, The Independent and House and Gardens.
I originally trained as a Fine Artist gaining a First Class Honours Degree in 1979, to which I returned full time in 2007. From 1983 - 2007 my TV Production Set Design credits included shows as diverse as The Brit Awards, Eastenders original design of Albert Square and it's interiors, Shooting Stars, The Royal Variety Performance and Mercury Music Prize, to name but a few.
I have lectured in both Art and Design in various Colleges, including Chelsea College of Art, Nottingham University and at the BBC.
Exploring the balance of chance and control in the painting process has become increasingly important in my work and this marks the tension between how much I will allow to happen by chance, and my need to intervene and engineer the paint to control the developing relationship formed on the canvas, creating an atmosphere which draws on both the landscape of my childhood and my journey since.
My photography records marks on walls and other surfaces as my way of “painting” with my camera whilst traveling ( and away from my studio ) and this has subsequently led to a developing symbiosis between my photography and my painting.
My intent is for my work to be an emotive and moody stage, heavily influenced by my past work as a Production Set Designer for Television and a childhood spent with a mother who was an undiagnosed hoarder. Understandably, given my cramped childhood environment, I am now driven to create a sense of chimerical and ambiguous space in both my painting and photography, mapping the fine line between abstraction, form and scenic recognition. Working with water based oil, charcoal and occasionally acrylic, I use palette knife, brush, sponge and cloth to add, scratch, wash and work my paintings.
I greatly admire the work of Turner, Rothko, Cy Twombly, Howard Hodgkin and Franz Kline.
I now live and work in the East End of London and my childhood home Devon.