Tim Parry is an outstanding new find for this gallery and this is his first major show in the UK.
Although UK born, he has lived and worked abroad most of his adult life. He has been based in Andalucia, Spain for the last three years, holding a successful one man show at the Palacio de Santo Domingo, Ronda, that in recent times has seen major exhibitions of Goya, Miró, Leger and Picasso, and featured as a guest artist at the highly acclaimed annual Art Gaucin Open Studios Weekend. This ‘pueblo blanco’ art event, high in the mountains of the `Serrania De Ronda’, attracts international buyers as well as collectors from Malaga, Marbella and Madrid. He paints in oil, his brush strokes have have an energy and vibrancy that captures a moment in time in the everyday and is one of very few contemporary painters working today who produces canvases of real emotional force. Lucien Freud and Francis Bacon are two painters he claims as key influencers.
As a five year old Tim’s draughtsman grandfather first took him into his studio and asked him to sharpen his pencils. Tim claims he has carried a pencil and paper in his pocket since, drawing daily, working quickly and trying to capture a sense of movement in the moment, evident in all his paintings today.
Arguably, linked to his early talent with handling a pencil was his ability with the snooker cue, good enough to enable him to become a professional snooker player in his twenties. He worked restaurants to finance his degree in fine art as a mature student, graduating in 1998. Since then he has earned his living by his paintings alone, working in New York, Malaysia, where he ran his own gallery, and Spain. He is married, with a child, Reuben with another on the way.
"For this exhibition I wanted to paint figures. I have worked from real life, painting in situ, and from photographs taken or found by myself. I work quickly and try to draw with paint. I want to create movement within my work, and hope that the paintings have a sense of being there in that moment. I really want the figures to occupy the space and that viewer feels that"