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Detail from 'Tempest'
Artist: Joey Parkin
By Joey Parkin
From huge abstract wall art in mixed medium to caricatures in pen, ink and pastels, Harrogate artist Joey Parkin's work is nothing if not varied. She tells us what inspires and drives her...
After studying for four years in graphic design and visual communication to degree level, I worked as a studio artist and creative designer in various agencies in Lancashire. Here I gained essential experience and knowledge of design principals and developed my skills and personal style.
I chose to go freelance (working in the advertising and marketing industries) after several years to enable me to raise a family and continue my creative journey. This is my greatest achievement.
I discovered a love of large-scale colour and texture through my early sign design and illustration commissions. I have experimented with many forms of art medium and prefer mixed medium as I never do as 'one should' and love to mix oil and water, texture and scale. I question everything and challenge everything, including myself.
Detail from 'Segment'
I am compelled to create original wall art, which I produce in my garage; A space which reflects my art: raw, uncontrived, honest. Art is my religion and my therapy and very personal. It is evolving daily with a force all of its own. I try not to analyse it too deeply as it must not be restricted or compartmentalised. It just is.
I never try and justify why I paint, just wonder why some people don’t. My art is freedom. The viewer will inevitably come to their own conclusions. You either get it or you don’t. The colour surrounding my work is just as important to the final effect, so I usually exhibit in large, light spaces with pale or rustic walls. Each piece dominates a wall, evoking many varied senses.
Texture is there to add intrigue and gives a tactile, physical element. My work is highly varnished so people can enjoy touching the canvas, becoming almost sculptural.
My favourite artists are: my children, Francis Bacon, Rothko, Pollock... They all dare to be themselves and are not stifled by fashion or politics.
last updated: 04/08/2008 at 11:33
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