Stemming from my early work as a Performance Artist, my interest has been and continues to be in space, atmosphere, time and memory. My childhood environment, where I had neither control nor space as my mother was an undiagnosed hoarder, deeply informed my Performance Art, my Set Design TV career and subsequently my Painting and Photographic work; space and atmosphere are no longer just desirable commodities, I now feel it is necessary to create and recreate them, bouncing between clutter and clear. My early performance work, “Not Enough Room to Swing a Cat in Here” at the Waterloo Gallery in 1980 explored the connection between possessions, confinement and absence of space. Subsequently, my series of photographs, “Horizon” has expanded this theme to create illusionary space from a cramped and chaotic environment in urban India and the Far East, and my Painting series, "River meets sea,” has been an exploration of the open space where two large bodies of fluid merge and has lead to the series “Spatial history”.
Considering the fine balance between chance and control has understandably also 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. Whilst my work is fundamentally abstract, the foundations are born out of figurative reference and autobiographical themes and draw on personal emotional passage and scenario.
I have also found a developing symbiosis between my photography and my painting.
In 2007 I returned to work full time as an Artist having originally graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Fine Art in 1980 and having practiced as a Performance Artist in London in the early 1980’s. I went on to study Television Set Design at Chelsea College of Art and worked for the BBC as a Senior Production Designer, and later as a Freelance Production Designer across a number of channels. My credits spanned 27 years and included shows as diverse as ‘The Brit Awards’, the original ‘Eastenders’ design, “Shooting Stars”, “Mercury Music Prize” and “The Royal Variety Performance”.
My work is in private collections in the United States, Canada, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, Eire, New Zealand and the UK. Several of my works were purchased for the permanent Art collection at Keble College, Oxford in 2013.
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
2014 TINT ART Gallery Solo Exhibition Bosham PO18 8LL
2014 Burwash Art, Cambridge, solo show June 2014
2013 Four paintings purchased by Keble College, Oxford as part of their permanent collection
2012 - 2014 Devon Open Studios 11A Foxholes Hill, Exmouth, Devon.
2011 - 2014 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
2015 Cavaliero Finn - Artists Open House, Dulwich Festival, London 9/10th and 16/17th May 11am - 6pm
2007 - 2015 Sandra Higgins Fine Art London
2014 TINT ART at Buy Art Fair Manchester September 2014
2014 Thomas and Paul Gallery Collection - September Little Venice, London W92JQ
2014 Thomas and Paul Mixed Media Summer, Exhibition Little Venice, London, W92JQ
2014 Stars on canvas, The Hub, Heddon Street, London, November 2014
2014 Paintings and Photographs on the set of David Hares BBC 2 Drama “Salting the Battlefield”
2013 An abstract view and End of year show. Thomas and Paul Gallery, Little Venice, London W92JQ
2013 + 2014 The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea London, October.
2013 The Other Art Fair, The Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, October.
2013 Paintings on the set of a new Ben Elton series The Wright Way BBC1
2011 - 2012 The Other Art Fair, Ambika P3, Marylebone Rd, London, NW1 and The Bargehouse SE1
2011 - 2015 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
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\Designer 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