Ione Parkin 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. She is an elected member of the Royal West of England Academy (RWA).
“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 aim to make abstract 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.”
Current Project: Creativity & Curiosity - a collaboration between Artists and Astronomers
Ione Parkin, Gillian McFarland and Alison Lochhead have developed a body of artwork in connection with astronomers, cosmologists and planetary geologists. They have been exploring the rich imagery of space, engaging in creative dialogue with researchers and gaining new insights into the dynamic forces of the universe. This artist-led project has been supported by funding from the Royal Astronomical Society and the Arts Council England and involves astronomers from the University of Leicester, the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge, Imperial College, London, and further afield. The project was launched at the Cambridge Science Festival in March 2017 with an exhibition, talks, panel discussions and workshops. Further exhibitions are scheduled for the Blyth Gallery at Imperial College, Dundee Science Centre and Glasgow Science Centre in 2018. See Astronomy Project page.