gina parr - artist


My practice reflects the fundamental need to express the bitter-sweet nature of the human condition through abstracted scape and form. I find inspiration from my core connection to the Devon scape, memories, relationships, absence and presence, darkness and light, loss and vulnerability. During the painting process I build a reverberating relationship with the canvas, a push and pull of chance and control. As much is taken away from the painting as is added, with constant building and washing of the canvas, aiming to invoke an atmosphere drawn from both the process and the initial emotional trigger. My work is metaphorical, ambiguous, chimerical, organic and elemental.

My Photography, my way of Painting whilst traveling, extracts illusionary space and form, from sometimes cramped and chaotic environments in Europe, urban India, the Far East, and Cuba. I photograph marks, decay and textures, some of which have been laid down by others with previous intent, which become abstract worlds and fictional places. I have also found a developing symbiosis between my Photography and my Painting.

In 2007 I returned to work full time as an artist after a 25 year career as a production set designer for stage and screen. I originally graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art in 1979, practiced as a performance artist in the early 1980’s, with funding from ACE, and went on to study Set Design at Chelsea College of Art working for the BBC as a senior production set designer, and later as a freelancer for all major channels. During this time I also lectured in art and design in various colleges including Chelsea College of Art and Nottingham University.

My work is held in the permanent collection of Keble College Oxford, by the Director of Jestico + Whiles Architects London, the President of the Boston Children's Museum USA, a Senior Economist at Goldman Sachs International London and many other private collections worldwide. I have exhibited widely in galleries and fairs throughout the UK and London.

I now live and work in Devon and the East End of London.



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
1982 - 1983 PGCADE - Middlesex Poly London
1982 - 1983 Design for Television - Chelsea College of Art London


Solo Exhibitions / Performance Art

2018 Brook Gallery - Solo show "Casting off"
2014 Candida Stevens Gallery
2013 Four paintings purchased by Keble College, Oxford's permanent collection
2012 - 2014 Devon Open Studios
2011 - 2014 Skylark Gallery London
2009 Coningsby Gallery London
2007 Four Walls Gallery Brighton
1981 Performance Eat me drink me, Spacex Gallery Exeter - Arts Council grant funded
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 - Arts Council grant funded
1980 - 1983 Various large scale murals London


Group Exhibitions

2018 Chaiya Art Award Exhibition "Where is God in our 21st century world? At gallery@oxo
2018 boecho Gallery London - "The Blues"
2018 Brook Contemporary - Fresh Art Fair
2018 The Stratford Gallery
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 January
2016 Artdog Gallery Edinburgh Art Fair, Hampstead AAF, Manchester Buy Art Fair
2016 Gallery Artist Brook Contemporary Budleigh Salterton Devon
2016 Cavaliero Finn Somerset
2016 Gallery Artist Candida Stevens Fine Art Chichester
2015 Kind of Blue, Candida Stevens Fine Art Chichester
2015 Cavaliero Finn Art and Design show Somerset
2015 Salcombe Contemporary Art Fair Devon
2015 Driven to abstraction, Atom Gallery London
2015 Gallery Artist Candida Stevens Fine Art Chichester
2015 Cavaliero Finn Dulwich Festival London
2014 Thomas and Paul Gallery Collection, Little Venice London
2014 Thomas and Paul Mixed Media Summer Show, Little Venice London
2014 + 2017 Stars on canvas, The Willow Trust Foundation 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 - 2015 Skylark Gallery The Affordable Art Fair Battersea London
2011 - 2013 The Other Art Fair, Ambika P3, The Truman Brewery, The Bargehouse London
2013 Paintings on set, Ben Elton series The Wright Way BBC1
2011 - 2015 Skylark Gallery London
2011 - 2013 Painting on set, Holby City BBC1
2010 - 2011 Gloss Gallery Exeter
2010 Artswipe Gallery Remasters, London
2010 BCAF London
2009 Jelmoni Gallery Milan Italy
2007 - 2014 Sandra Higgins Fine Art London


Television Production Design

The Royal Variety Performance, The Brit Awards, Shooting Stars, Goodness Gracious Me, Children in Need, Original design of Eastenders Albert Square, World Cup, etc.
1996 - 2007 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
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2005 Visualisation and Design, 17-7, 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



The Independent Review
Homes and Gardens
Tallulah Art and Design Journal
The Londonist
Discover Art


Notable Public and Private Collectios

Keble College Oxford
Senior Economist Goldman Sachs London
President Boston Children’s Museum USA
Director Jestico + Whiles Architects London