Gina Parr is a widely collected Artist who works predominantly in the medium of painting, but also photographs when traveling, 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 Drama for BBC “Worricker”, and recently has her paintings and photography on set of “Breeders” starring Martin Freeman and Alun Armstrong for Sky 1. She returned to work as an Artist in 2007, bringing her creative experience as a designer to her Art practice.
Gina Parr’s work has both nature and self at its heart, it’s about expressing who she is, where she has come from, and the notion that we are formed by our personal journeys, our experiences and our relationships. Her themes: family, childhood, loss, love and gender are played out in a chimerical space, which lies somewhere between abstraction and figuration, but is equally about painting, about the basic tools of being a painter; colour, surface, mark, and form and the creative journey itself. 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 uses palette knife, cloth, brush, sponge and fingers, to add, remove, scratch, blur and work the paint, recently drawing into the paint with charcoal, all aiming to invoke an atmosphere drawn from the process, the initial 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 with the Society of Women Artists annual at the Mall Galleries London, 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.