About the work
Untitled is one of three paintings by Vicken Parsons in the Government Art Collection. Low-key and minimalist in feeling, each inhabits a space somewhere between pure abstraction and landscape. In the work featured here, an arrangement of lines and blocks of colour creates the impression of a corner of an uninhabited room. Often painted in thin layers of muted oil paint on wooden board, Parsons’ paintings capture architectural elements and motifs. She describes her inspiration for these paintings deriving from real and imagined places and spaces often half-remembered or recalled later in time.
About the artist
Born in Hertfordshire, Vicken Parsons studied at the Slade School of Fine Art (1975–79). She began exhibiting her work in solo and group shows in 1980, including in 1996, 'Tape/Slide', a commission for the Whitechapel Gallery; and 'Inside Walls' at the A22 Gallery, London in 1999. In the past, she has also occasionally collaborated with her husband and fellow artist, Antony Gormley. Since 2002, Parsons has shown her work across the UK and Europe, with solo exhibitions in Vienna, London, Ghent, Madrid, Cambridge and Paris. Her major solo exhibition, 'Iris' was held at the Alan Cristea Gallery, London, in 2016. Parsons's works are represented in several major public collections including the Arts Council Collection, Tate and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh.
Vicken Parsons (1957 - )
- Oil on wood
- height: 31 cm, width: 34 cm, depth: 1.7 cm
- Purchased from Alan Cristea Gallery, July 2016
- verso, bl: 1507 ; br: VP2015
- Alan Cristea Gallery; purchased July 2016
- GAC number