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      "As a child I loved one painting above all others. In it a figure with a billowing crimson

cape steps off a chariot. He is taking a big step from quite a height but his leg, taking the weight,

does not rest on anything. His heel nearly connects to the hub of the chariot wheel,

waiting to be pulled by two leopards (or are they cheetahs?) but it doesn’t. He’s in mid-air.

This (and the cheetahs) intrigued me every time I saw it. And it still does.

...............Something is wrong but the painting of it makes it right."

..........................................Jonathan Parker 2018 about Bacchus and Ariadne by Titian 1523

 

The version Parker knew used to hang at Wallington, in Northumberland. This National Trust

country house has been an important place for his artwork (see artuk.org) and his complex

relationship to the past culminated in the Wallington series. ......Read more...

 

 

Making sense of the art world needs a long-term view. "Seven solo shows before a name

becomes known" was the early advice from Parker's Cork Street dealer. Since 2011 Parker

has kept up a permanent showcase agreement with Lloyds Private Bank in Mayfair;

the Hill Street Hang.......Read more...

 

 

Known for his portrait paintings Parker came to the attention of Durham University where a

Jonathan Parker symposium and exhibition Familiarity and Mystery was held in 2017. This

followed his inclusion in Spanish Art in County Durham.......Read more...

 

 

Born in Belfast (1968), he grew up in Twickenham Middlesex, attending King's Wimbledon

and Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts in the mid '80s. He then lived in Spain for two years

and was winner of the Royal Academy Richard Ford Award in 1992.......Read more...

 

Before graduating from Northumbria University with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 1992

he undertook a screen print apprenticeship in Havana, Cuba, combining this unique experience

with his first exhibition outside Europe ('Dibujos' 1991).

 

His first solo show in London was with Mercury in Cork Street in 2000.

 

 

About the Artist archive page 2009

History and Sales archive page 2012

 

".....................A good artist is like a good joke because however passionate and serious the artist

or hilarious and funny the joke, success for both depends on something spontaneous,

as in the old joke about the secret of great comedy: I say, I say, I say, what is the secret of

grTIMING"..................................Jonathan Parker 2015 in Hill Street