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Gina Parr

       United Kingdom

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About Gina Parr


In 2007 I returned to work full time as an artist after a 25 year career as a production set designer, designing numerous prestigious shows for stage and television, including the original Albert Square and interiors for Eastenders, The Brit Awards, The Royal Variety Performance, The Mercury Music Prize and Shooting Stars.


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 Arts Council England, and went on to study Set Design at Chelsea College of Art, leading to work 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, and am at present represented by Candida Stevens Gallery Chichester, The Stratford Gallery Stratford – upon – Avon and Brook Contemporary Budleigh Salterton. 

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

My practice reflects the fundamental need to express the bitter - sweet nature of the human condition through abstracted scape and form. I find inspiration not only from my core connection to my Devon UK birthplace and other experienced scape and form, but also from the extreme absence of space as an only child living with a mother who was a hoarder, countered by fishing with my father in the beautiful open Devon seascape and the subsequent memories, relationships, darkness and light and loss and vulnerability. I yearn for an order over chaos, an ordering and reordering of the sensate and liminal space I can now create. During the painting process I build a reverberating relationship with the canvas, a push and pull of chance and control, as experienced in life. 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 found a developing symbiosis between my photography and my painting.

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 / Performance Art

2018                  Solo show Brook Contemporary Budleigh Salterton Devon

2014                  Solo show Candida Stevens Gallery Chichester

2013                  Four paintings purchased by Keble College, Oxford’s permanent collection

2012 - 2014Devon Open Studios

2009                  Coningsby Gallery London 

2007                  Four Walls Gallery Brighton 

1981                  Performance Eat me drink me, Spacex Gallery Exeter - Arts Council England 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 England grant funded

1980 – 1983      Various large scale murals London


Selected Group Exhibitions

2018                  Summer show The Stratford Gallery

2018                  Online Exhibition at Artsy with David Lolly Gallery

2018                  Fresh Art Fair Cheltenham with Brook Contemporary

2018                  “The Blues” Boecho Gallery London

2018                  Shortlisted for The Chaiya Art Awards OXO Gallery London

2018                  Paintings on set of new BBC Production staring Martin Freeman

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                  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 

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 - 2013       Painting on set, Holby City BBC 1

2010                  Artswipe Gallery Remasters, London 

2007 - 2014       Sandra Higgins Fine Art 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 



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Director Jestico + Whiles Architects London

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