A Passion for Beauty: A new joint show by Ian Parker and Neil Cox
Marine House at Beer is delighted to be showcasing new work by two highly respected painters – Ian Parker and Neil Cox.
The joint show will present new paintings by both artists whose work complements each other. While birds and still life paintings may seem disparate, the rationale for this choice of pairing is found in the meticulous detail and observation both Ian and Neil imbue in their paintings. Also, their paintings are frequently quite small in scale and this “reduction” of visual representation does, both visually and emotionally, increase the powerful impact of both artists’ work.
Now based in Cumbria, Ian Parker is a graduated from Shoreditch College in London. As one of Britain’s leading still life artists, it isn’t surprising that his beautiful oil paintings have been consistently selected for the RA Summer Exhibition. This is where Marine House first encountered him. Ian’s ability to create a perfect composition by instilling it with light, shadow and drama, explains why Ian’s artworks stand out and why his paintings are included in many private collections including Kensington Palace. With his infinite patience, Ian brings the fruit, vegetable, or even liquorice allsorts, to life with such intensity that you feel you could touch them!
Based in Devon, Neil’s original career was in Law, but his first love, wildlife painting, and in particular, birds, won out. Neil’s style, influenced initially by Canadian artist Robert Bateman, focusses on giving the subject matter space to breathe within the composition. He captures the fine detail in the creatures that he paints from years of meticulous field observation. They are presented in a carefully minimalist setting which gives the complete work a compelling sense of occasion. Neil’s widespread appeal for those who know and love the natural world means his paintings have sold at Christies and Sotheby’s, and is also why his work is loved by galleries and private collectors across the UK, Europe and the USA.