gina parr - artist


Gina Parr is a widely collected Artist who works predominantly in the medium of painting, but also photographs when travelling, 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 “Worricker” for BBC, “Breeders” starring Martin Freeman and Alun Armstrong for Sky 1 and “ This Way Up” for Channel 4. She returned to work as an Artist in 2007, bringing her creative experience as a designer to her Art practice.

The image of the sea and the Artist’s thoughts about memory and identity are ever present in her work. Her childhood, spent diversely in wide-open spaces with her father, fishing for Mackerel and her mother with her hoarding and mental health issues defined the Artist’s relationship to the sea and land, the uncertainty of the deep, the spirit and memory of the open space, evoking freedom and connectedness. She does not wish to recreate those experienced places, but to unearth the truth, to centralise the feelings and emotions that were and are present, to not be afraid of the material of her past. The Artist’s work is an expression of the intermingling of both joy and pain: the human condition.

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 employs palette knife, cloth, brush, sponge and fingers, to add, remove, scratch, blur and work the paint, often drawing into the paint with charcoal, whilst aiming to evoke an atmosphere drawn from the process, the 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 at the Annual Show at the Mall Galleries London with the Society of Women Artists, of which she is an Associate member, 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.


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 / Commissions / Performance Art

2021 Commission of 4 large works at Neon Gallery London for Squire & Partners London
2019 Two Artist show "Deceived with Ornament" - Renata Maiblum Gallery Copenhagen
2019 Solo Show "Night Fishing" David Lolly Gallery Cambridge
2018 Solo Show "Casting Off" Brook Contemporary Budleigh Salterton Devon
2018 Commission Belmond Cadogan Hotel London - Artefact Hotel Consultants
2018 Commission Belgium - Artefact Hotel Consultants
2017 Commission for 2 large works for the Middle East - Artefact Hotel Consultants
2014 Solo Show Candida Stevens Gallery Chichester
2013 Four paintings purchased by Keble College Oxford permanent collection
2012 - 2014 Devon 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 / TV

2021 / 22 Winter group show at Linden Hall Studio Deal Kent
2021 "Satellites" - Group show at Rise Art Gallery Soho London
2021 "Memory palace" Group show at Irving Contemporary Oxford
2021 The Stratford Gallery 62 High Street Broadway, WR12 7DT
2020 - 2021 Gallery Artists group show The Archive Fine Art 14 The Guild Salisbury
2020 - 2021 Paintings on set of "This Way Up! series 2 for Channel 4
2019 - 2021 SWA 158th Annual Exhibition Mall Galleries London 159th and 160th (online) Sep 21st - Dec 31st 2021
2020 - 2021 Paintings and Photography on set of SKY Production "Breeders" series 1 & 2 starring Martin Freeman
2020 Group show The Irving Gallery, Oxford
2020 Paintings on set of "Flack" on W UK and Pop US
2020 "Art for the Earth” Fund raising Exhibition for Weald Action Group ( online )
2020 Chaiya Art Awards Exhibition (online)
2019 Group show Renata Maiblum Gallery Copenhagen, December
2019 Brook Gallery Fresh Art Fair Ascot Racecourse 2019
2019 Virginia Damtsa Gallery Group show
2019 David Lolly Gallery - AAF Battersea London
2018 Boecho Gallery London - Christmas show
2018 100% Design Fair - Brook Gallery with Art Haus at Olympia Grand London
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 in 2020
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 Edinburgh 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 Thomas and Paul Gallery Collection and Mixed Media Summer show Little Venice 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 AAF Battersea London Skylark Artist Collective
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 BBC1
2010 Artswipe Gallery Remasters, London
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



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



Where is God in our 21st Century World
The Independent Review
Homes and Gardens
Tallulah Art and Design Journal
The Londonist
Discover Art


Notable Public and Private Collections

Keble College Oxford (Permanent Art Collection)
Senior Economist Goldman Sachs London
President Boston Children’s Museum USA (Private Collection)
Director Jestico + Whiles Architects London (Private Collection)
The Belmond Cadogan Hotel Sloane Street London (Collection of female Artists)
William Gaminara (Actor - Leo - Silent Witness BBC) and Kate Locke London (Private Collection)
Kate Buffery (Actress and voice of Digital Switchover) London (Private Collection )
Vedanta Resources Ltd Berkley Square London
Argentex Headquarters London