SMART GALLERY INVITES YOU TO MEET HARROGATE ARTIST JOEY PARKIN AS SHE SHOWCASES HER STRIKING COLLECTION OF ORIGINALS ARTWORKS.
Joey was born in Blackburn, Lancashire and now lives in Harrogate, North Yorkshire as a full time art teacher. Joey has always been passionate about art and she currently paints in her spare time. Her extensive portfolio includes contemporary painting, bespoke commissions, large scale murals, theatre sets and published writing.
Her debut exhibition ‘Icons and Legends’ comprises of over 25 contemporary artworks depicting some of the world’s most iconic faces. Her portraits collection started with a niggling desire to paint David Bowie in a style she had never tried before and the reaction has been astounding! Every face is a challenge and she particularly like craggy or quirky ones with lots of character or mood. She tries to capture a sense of personality, presence and determination in each portrait.
10% of all proceeds made on the day will be donated to the Yorkshire based children’s charity PhysCap. Joey is happy to take commissions based on your favourite icons.
Artist Statement: “I try not to justify why I paint, just wonder why so many other people don’t. My art gives me freedom from the mundane, freedom of expression and is the best form of therapy. It’s something I’ve always done instinctively. Texture is there to add intrigue and depth, to give a tactile, physical element which becomes almost sculptural. Selective colour is used to enhance and define certain features and the scale and format of my work reflects the subject’s powerful presence.