Ocean View

Neil Cox and Ian Parker exhibition 28 May to 5 June

Works Available

Cox Parker
Neil Cox and Ian Parker

A Passion for Beauty

In planning special joint shows at Marine House part of the pleasure is choosing two artists whose work complements each other.

While birds and still life paintings may seem disparate, our choice in this pairing is found in the meticulous detail and observation both Ian and Neil invest. These paintings are frequently quite small in scale and this “reduction” does, both visually and emotionally, increase the impact of their work.

Ian Parker, the son of a Durham miner/artist, graduated from Shoreditch College in London. He now lives and paints in Cumbria. We first met his work at the RA Summer Exhibition where 5 of his paintings had been accepted. Clearly the judges were inspired as we, and his many collectors, have been, by his ability to create a perfect composition by imbuing it with light, shadow and drama. 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!

Neil Cox graduated in Law, but his first love, wildlife painting, won the day and his career pursued that enthusiasm. His style, influenced initially by Canadian artist Robert Bateman, focuses on giving the key subject matter space to breathe within the composition. Neil invests fine detail in the creatures that he paints from years of meticulous field observation, but for us the carefully minimalist setting for the study, almost Japanese lithography in style, gives the complete work a compelling sense of occasion.