Approved: 26.01.2015

Mark Parkinson

Artist, Lecturer / academic

Approved: 26.01.2015

I make work about my life on council estates of the 60’s 70,s and 80,s these places often insular, were not just place of poverty, violence and neglect, they also brought with them a sense of community and belonging, as a child they became a playground and a place of adventure, many of these sites still exist today, but few remain unchanged.

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Artist Statement

I make work about my life on council estates of the 60’s 70,s and 80,s these places often insular, were not just place of poverty, violence and neglect, they also brought with them a sense of community and belonging, as a child they became a playground and a place of adventure, many of these sites still exist today, but few remain unchanged.

I walk the estates with camera in hand pondering the past, finding triggers for events and memories, sometimes I arrive with the memory already focused with a plan, but at times it is just a walk of a well-trodden path. Some of the stories are light and funny, others troublesome and at times quite sinister, many of the images link together and form narratives about my life and the lives of others.

I initially use photography to capture the subject, once I have settled on an image and narrative, the preliminary image is drafted out, I work with fineliner pens to complete the drawings using red to punctuate the memory or to add to the narrative. The current body of work is based around my experiences of living on Avenham estate, Preston, Lancashire in the 70’s and 80’s.

CV & Education

~~Education

1998-9, BIAD, MA Fine Art, Birmingham

1994-7, Uclan, BA Honours Fine Art, Preston

Employment

2002-Present, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Uclan, Preston

2001-2002, Lecturer in Fine Art Painting, Lancaster University, Lancaster

Exhibitions Group and Solo

2019, Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize, Royal Drawing School, London

2019, Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize, AUB Gallery, Bournemouth

2018, Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize, Trinity Buoy, London

2018, Estates, Green Estates Project, Chelmsley Wood, Birmingham

2017, Something Blue, Cultivate

2017, Engage in Colour, Art Bound Community, Mirfield

2017, Hanover Research Group, Bloc Projects, Sheffield

2015, Painted Surface, Surface Gallery, Nottingham

2015, Creekside Open, selected by Richard Deacon, APT Gallery, London

2015, Black on White, Oriel Gallery, Mold

2014, Nocturne, Fringe Arts Festival, Bath

2014, 20:20, Touring, Preston/Manchester/Liverpool

2013, Biennale, Basal Heath, Birmingham

2013, Painting Exchange, Art House Co Op, NY, USA

2012, 60 Drawings, Blankley Gallery, Manchester

2011, Drawn Together, Sienna Art Institute, Italy

2011, Open Up North, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

2011, Sketchbook Project, Art House Co Op, NY, USA

2009, Triple Echo, Touring, Preston/Liverpool

2009, Boundaries, PAD Gallery, Preston

2009, Myth & History, The Bristol Gallery, Bristol

2008, Art in Woodstock, Oxfordshire

2008, Our City, PAD Gallery, Preston

2008, Night a Time, RWA, Bristol

2007, Jerusalem, PAD Gallery, Preston

2007, Artlab, PAD Gallery, Preston

2006, Group Show, Shore Gallery, London

2004/5, Distance no Object, Bowes Museun, County Durham

2003, La Corona, Group Show, Preston

2003, Figurative Postcards, Centre for Contemporary Art, Preston

2002, Blurred, Victoria Gallery, Preston

2001, Space, Alsager Gallery, Manchester Metropolitan

2000, Transcendental, Centre for Contemporary Art, Preston

2002, Open to the Public, Art Station, Crewe

2000, Office Hours, Victoria Gallery, Preston

2000, Pure Paint, Brixton Art Gallery, London

2000, Group Show, Jessops, Birmingham

2000, Group Show, Number 9 the Gallery, Birmingham

1999, More Insecure Thoughts, Greenbank Gallery, Preston

1999, Created Space, Whitely’s Gallery, London

1999, Field of Dreams, The works Gallery, Birmingham

1999, Smooth, Banana Gallery, Birmingham

1999, Group Show, Custard Factory, Birmingham

1998, More Insecure Thoughts, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston

1998, Depth of Feeling, Lawrence Bately Theatre, Huddersfield

1998, Insecure thoughts, Tampopo Restaurant, Manchester

1997, Group Show, The Gallery, Masham

1996, Art Bizarre, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston

1995, Rwanda Appeal, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston

Residency

2006, University of Central Lancashire, Art in Science Buildings, Preston

Commission

2000, Kings College Hospital, Memorial Plaques, London

Awards

2000, West Midlands Arts, Creative Ambition Award, Birmingham