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.

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.

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 with her father, fishing for Mackerel 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.

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. 

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, exhibits at the Annual Show at the Mall Galleries London with the Society of Women Artists, of which she is an Associate member, and has completed commissions in The Middle East, Belguim 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, and Goldman Sachs Senior Economist, London.

She now lives and works between Devon and London’s East End.

Curriculum Vitae

1957            Born Exeter Devon England

1975 - 1976 Foundation Course Exeter College of Art

1976 - 1979 1st Class BA Honours Degree in Fine Art Lanchester Polytechnic Coventry

1980 - 1981 PGCADE Middlesex Polytechnic London

1982 - 1983 Set Design for Television Chelsea College of Art London 

 

Solo Exhibitions / Commissions / Performance Art

2019 “ 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

 

 

 

 

Selected Group Exhibitions / TV

2021 The Stratford Gallery 62 High St, Broadway WR12 7DT

2020/21 Group show of Gallery Artist The Archive Fine Art - 14 The Guild Salisbury

2021 Photographs on set of “This Way Up” for Channel 4

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 new series “ The One “ for Netflix

2020 Paintings and Photography on set of 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 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 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

2011/12/13 The Other Art Fair, Ambika P3, The Truman Brewery, The Bargehouse London

 

Television Production Set Design Freelance Production Set Designer BBC, Channel 4, ITV 

1996 - 2007 Freelance Production Set Designer for Television BBC, Channel 4, ITV 

1983 - 1996 Television Production Set Designer / Senior Designer BBC Design Department TV Centre London

 

Teaching / Lecturing

2003 Television Design Consultant, Turkish Radio and Television Istanbul Turkey

1991 - 1996 Design for Television, BBC Television London

1990 - 1991 Design for Television, Chelsea College of Art 

1988 Design for Television, Nottingham University

1986 Design for Television, London College of Fashion 

 

Publications

The Independent Review

Homes and Gardens

Tallulah Art and Design Journal

The Londonist

Discover Art

Where is God in our 21st Century World?

Flux Review

 

Notable Public and Private Collections

Keble College Oxford (Permanent Art Collection)

Vedanta Resources Ltd Berkley Square London (Permanent Art Collection)

Senior Economist Goldman Sachs London (Private Collection)

President Boston Children’s Museum USA (Private Collection)

Director Jestico + Whiles Architects London (Private Collection)

The Belmond Cadogan Hotel Sloane Street London (Permanent Collection of female Artists)

William Gaminara (Actor - Leo - Silent Witness BBC) and Kate Locke London (Private Collection)

Kate Buffery (Actress and voice of Digital Switchover) London (Private Collection)

Argentex Foreign Exchange Headquarters London (Permanent Art Collection)

 

 

Awards

2021 Associate member of Society of Women Artists

2020 Shortlisted and Exhibition 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

1981 Awarded Arts Council England Grant

1980 Awarded Arts Council England Grant