I was born in Devon where rolling hills and dramatic seascapes played a major part in my childhood. For the past 30 years I have lived and worked in London and so consequently both places influence my work as an Artist.
Originally trained as a Fine Artist I graduated with a First Class Honours Degree and went on to Chelsea College of Art to study Set Design for Television. My credits for stage, studio and location for the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV span 27 years and have included set designs for Dame Shirley Bassey, Lesley Garrett, Vic and Bob, Kylie, Bob Monkhouse, Robbie Williams, David Bowie, Cher, Amy Winehouse and Julie Walters on shows as diverse as The Brit Awards, The Royal Variety Performance, Shooting Stars, Goodness Gracious Me, the original design of Eastenders and The World Cup in 2006.
In 2003 I returned to painting and in 2010/11 whilst traveling in France, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, started photographing marks on walls and surfaces as my way of “painting” with my camera whilst on the move. In March 2013 I returned from 2 months Photographing a new series of work "Horizon" which was taken, paradoxically, in the overpopulated, chaotic and often squalid streets in Southern India. Photographed because of their inherent illusion of horizon and form, these chance marks, stains, colours and textures on walls and other surfaces, some of which have been laid down by others with previous intent, become chimerical worlds and fictional places.
Both my painting and photography uncover our complex potential connections and disconnections with form and landscape, the fine line between pure abstraction and figurative recognition, between chance and control, each piece suggesting a unique atmospheric world with it’s own pictorial resonance or echoes which in turn provoke our capacity to imagine a space beyond our known territories.
My work has been described as muscular, strong, vibrant and bold and is in a growing number of private collections in the United States, Norway, Germany and Eire and here in the UK both in London and in the South West.
I have exhibited in shows in London, Milan, Brighton and Exeter.
1957 Born Exeter Devon England
1975 - 1976 Foundation Course Exeter College of Art
1976 - 1979 1st Class Honours Degree in Fine Art Lanchester Polytechnic Coventry
1980 - 1981 PGCADE Middlesex Polytechnic London
1982 - 1983 Design for Television Chelsea College of Art London
Selected Solo Exhibitions and Performance/ Installation Art
2012 + 2013 Devon Open studios
2011- 2013 Featured Artist Skylark Gallery 2 London SE1
2009 Coningsby Gallery 30 Tottenham St. London W1T 4RJ
2005 The Tin Drum, Dyke Rd. Four Walls Galleries Brighton
2005 The Garden Cafe Four Walls Galleries Hove
2005 The Tin Drum, James St. Four Walls Galleries Brighton
1981 Performance “Eat me drink me” Spacex Gallery Exeter ( Arts Council Grant )
1981 Performance “ Chocolate” “Heaven” London
1980 Performance “Walking with Ducks” Middlesex Poly London
1980 Performance “ The Line” The Drill Hall London
Selected Group Exhibitions and Performance Art / Public Art
2011 - 2013 The Other Art Fair, Ambika P3, Marylebone Rd, London, NW1
2011 - 2013 Skylark Gallery 2, Oxo Tower Wharf, South Bank London SE1
2011 - 2013 Painting on set of Holby City BBC Television
2010 - 2011 Gloss Gallery 1 Barnfield Crescent Exeter EX11QY
2010 Artswipe Remasters Heneage Street London E1
2010 BCAF London SW11 5TN
2009 Jelmoni Studio Gallery Viale Vittorio Veneto Milan Italy.
2009 Brick Lane Gallery London E1 Art In Mind
2007 - 2013 Sandra Higgins Fine Art London
2006 Mission to Seafarers group exhibition Mary Penley Fine Artists London
2006 “Bishopsgate” group exhibition Mary Penley Fine Artists London
2000 “BBC Vision” BBC Television Centre London
1981 - 1983 Various large scale Murals Southgate, Tottenham, Streatham, Hornsey London
1981 Performing Arts Company Royal College of Art London
1981 Waterloo Sunset “ Not Enough Room...” Waterloo Gallery London ( Arts Council Grant )
Television Production Design see www.ginaparr.com for full CV
The Royal Variety Performance, The Brit Awards, Shooting Stars, Goodness Gracious Me, Children in Need, Eastenders etc etc......
1996 - 2010 Freelance Production Designer for Television BBC, Channel 4, ITV
1996 Royal Television Society Design Award Nomination
1984 - 1996 Television Production Designer / Senior Designer BBC Design Department London
1983 Television Design Yorkshire Television Leeds
2005 Visualisation and Design with 17-7 Marketing Experts for The Lost Gardens of Heligan Cornwall
Teaching / Lecturing
2009 - 2010 Artist in Residence Ravenscourt School and Technology College London
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
1980 - 1983 Art and Design Southgate College London