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Ione Parkin RWA

About the artist


Ione Parkin RWA is a painter and printmaker based in Bath, UK. She has exhibited nationally and internationally for over twenty years and her work is in numerous private and corporate collections including Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, Reuters London and BNPA Bank Dublin. She is an elected member of the Royal West of England Academy (RWA). Ione is currently leading the art-science project “Creativity and Curiosity” and she is an Honorary Visiting Fellow of the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Leicester.

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In Ione Parkin’s words: “My work celebrates the beauty of the raw elements of nature – contemplations on primal energy, chemical fusion, the birth and death of star systems. I seek inspiration from varied sources - from visions of the expanding universe to satellite macro-imagery of Earth’s surface.  I make paintings which enable a synthesis to evolve from this diversity.

“In the process of making these paintings I seek a fluid and restless sense of balance – between form and space, movement and stillness, substance and illusion. These paintings appear freeze-framed at a specific point in their evolution – poised between the contrasting states of resolution and quest. They are a fragment of a wider reality and I have a sense that each image could continue far beyond the confines of the canvas itself.

“I aim to make paintings which inspire a sense of connection with the natural world and which engage the viewer actively in the non-verbal experience – the transformational experience - of the sustained gaze."