Art has many styles which require an understanding of different disciplines which may have come from the same roots. Training as a horticulturalist and designing landscapes would not be the usual path to follow for a painter and illustrator, but if your ambitions were to paint better than artists including Constable and Turner and create places for nature to thrive in this would certainly give some solid grounding to fulfill those wants.
Rob Parkin, exhibiting at the opening exhibition for Gallery@OMP, “Seeds of Change” grew up on the flood plains of South Derbyshire, which were covered in a tangle of scented wildflowers and surrounded by woodlands that reminded him of Arthur Rackham’s finely detailed ink drawings at every turn.
Replaced in later life by the countryside of Herefordshire, Rob has been responsible for drawing up and shaping nature at a number of Wetland and Nature reserves. Whilst working, Rob was also teaching himself to draw and paint the wonderful lands and wildlife around him bringing a sense of creatures and birds that are often in shadow or hidden in his oil paintings.
Planning, research and understanding are also required for botanical illustration which form the basis of Rob’s latest project to record the UK’s wildflowers. Botanical works were originally used as herbal records with artists working with scientists. The pictures being essential as they transcend language differences. More recent times see them being used as Rob will for a field guide or catalogue. Rob's returning to his roots for a swansong project that will see him recording the wildflowers of the UK using mixed-media illustrations.
Work is being created at the gallery by Rob during the exhibition (Wednesdays to Sundays). We'll post pictures here and on Facebook as the project unfurls.
So come along and see the light and the resolution of the puzzles in Emma’s pictures at the “Seeds of Change” exhibition from 29th March to 24th April 2016. Opening times are Monday to Saturday 10:00 to 17:00. Gallery@Night Thursdays 17:00 – 20:00. Sundays 11:00 to 16:00.