Jonathan Parker
Jonathan Parker (b. Belfast 1968) weaves together different narratives over time. The spontaneity of his brushwork, in response to the light of a particular moment, is harmonised by his drawing on the past, thereby giving the artwork richer symbolic value. This promotes enquiry from the viewer and the intriguing feeling that more remains to be discovered within the works each time they are viewed. His practice was the subject of a symposium at Durham University in 2017, Familiarity and Mystery PDF here.

From his studio in Wimbledon, Parker's diverse recent works maintain their consistent quality through the secrets of their composition. Trigger points of emotion are found through the unique arrangement of subtle lines and arcs which locate the viewer within his paintings, focusing attention on specific points of interests. Just like the memory of certain specific details in a dream, the recollection of these points of focus means Parker's works resonate over time, triggering a desire to return to and explore his compositions further. This website displays the range of his portfolio. A selection of his artworks are currently being curated by Brocket Gallery.

Parker was educated in London and served artistic apprenticeships in both Spain and Cuba before graduating from Northumbria University in 1992, finding representation with Mercury Gallery in 1997. A comprehensive show at the River and Rowing Museum (2010) was followed by a residency at Wallington in Northumberland (2011-13) and a permanent hang at Lloyds Private Bank in Mayfair, London, from 2011-2020. There are thirteen works by the artist, including ten portraits, in the UK’s National Art Collection.

Regular updates on Jonathan's work can be found on instagram. His contribution to the National Portrait Gallery UBP Annual Seminar 2022 is available here.