For Ian Parry, all things come back to the sea.

The sea in winter:  a constant brooding presence underpinning a dark- glowing Tasmanian sky. But there is no sentimentality here: Parry’s works are powerful serene presences; explorations of colour and light within an enveloping intensity of darkness.

Parry paints with boldness and a considered poise, creating tensions and balances between the complex tonal values and textures of his richly coloured canvases. In his Sea in Winter works, Parry scumbles, glazes, builds and balances his colours and paint surfaces to create profound seascapes that are as much reflections of the human soul, as they are meditations on the sea.

But the man reflects the seasons, and as the days begin to lengthen and the long Tasmanian winter begins to lift, Parry’s paintings likewise undergo a transformation of renewal; becoming increasingly abstract celebrations of clear light, of space and of colour harmony.

This annual cycle has become an established seasonal practice for Parry. The expansive summertime abstracts are here exhibited alongside the winter seascapes as counterpoints of season and spirit.

Ian Parry has exhibited widely in Tasmania, Melbourne and regional Victoria. He is represented in major public and private collections in Australia and overseas, including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, and The Phillips Collection, Washington.

VIEW SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND COLLECTIONS
IAN PARRY 

Born Melbourne 1947, lives and works Bruny Island (Tas).

Education   Bachelor of Art (Printmaking) Prahran Art School

 

2018

Solo Exhibitions

Tambour Colville Gallery, Hobart

2017 Another World, Colville Gallery, Hobart
2016 A Part Of The World, Colville Gallery, Hobart
2015 A Job of Work from the Shed, BullBay, Colville Gallery, Hobart
2014 New Works, Colville Gallery, Hobart
2013 New Works, Colville Gallery, Hobart
2012 Be that as it may.. James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2011 New Works, Colville Gallery, Hobart
2010 Floating World Colville Gallery, Hobart
Recent Works from Tasmania James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2009 Floating World, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2007 From the Island of the Day Before, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2006 43 Degrees South, Port Jackson Press Gallery, Melbourne
Qdos Gallery, Lorne, Victoria
2002 Art at Mount Macedon Judith Pugh Gallery
2000 Gallery Englert, Cygnet Tasmania
1999 Gallery Englert, Cygnet Tasmania
1998 Qdos Gallery, Lorne Victoria
1997 Flinders Lane Gallery Melbourne
1996 Flinders Lane Gallery Melbourne
1995 Gallery Irascible Melbourne
1994-5 Hobart Museum & Art Gallery
1993 Qdos Gallery Lorne, Victoria
1992 Qdos Gallery Lorne, Victoria
1991 Powell St Gallery, Melbourne
1990 Perth Art Gallery, Perth
1988 Deep East 70 Arden Street Melbourne
1987 70 Arden Street Melbourne
1984 Drawing Exhibition Powell St Graphics, Melbourne
Powell St Gallery, Melbourne
1983 Powell St Gallery, Melbourne
1982 Ian Parry: A 10 Year Survey Burnie Art Gallery, Tasmania
1981 Powell St Gallery, Melbourne
1974 Powell St Gallery, Melbourne
Selected Group Exhibitions
2018 Colville Contemporary, West End Art Space, Melbourne
2017 Lloyd Rees Art Prize, Finalist
Annual Artists Show Coville Gallery, Hobart
2015 Annual Artists Show, Coville Gallery, Hobart
EDGE, Peripheries of Practice
Forestvale Design Centre, Tasmania
Lloyd Rees Art Prize, Colville Gallery Finalist
Arthur Guy Memorial Prize Finalist
Highly Commended Bruny Island Art Prize
2014 Annual Artists Show, Coville Gallery, Hobart
2013 Colville Lloyd Rees Art Prize, Hobart Finalist
Annual Artists Show, Coville Gallery, Hobart
2012 Annual Artists Show, Coville Gallery, Hobart
2011 Tattersall’s Landscape Art Prize Finalist
Fleurieu Landscape Art Prize Finalist
Annual Artists Show Colville Gallery, Hobart
2010 Annual Artists Show, Coville Gallery, Hobart
2009 Autumn Collection, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2008 Tattersall’s Club Landscape Art Prize Exhibition, Brisbane
Winter Collection – Annual Collector’s Exhibition , James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
Autumn Collection, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2007 Winter Collection – Annual Collector’s Exhibition , James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
Mt Buller Landscape Art Prize, Mt Buller, VIC.
Nature Morte, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2006 ANL Maritime Art Prize, Docklands Melbourne
Annual Collectors Exhibition, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2002 Salon des Réfusés S.H. Erwin Gallery Sydney
Ian Parry & Tim Burns Art at Mount Macedon Judith Pugh Gallery, Melbourne
1992 Seven Disparate Artists Deakin University Gallery, Victoria
Survey 13 Geelong Regional Gallery
1991 Powell St Gallery, Melbourne
1987 The Small Picture Show 70 Arden Street Melbourne
Young Australians National Galley of Victoria
Dark Work 70 Arden Street Melbourne
1984 Still Life and the Interior Powell St Gallery, Melbourne
Aspects of the Landscape Geelong Regional Gallery
Aspects of the Landscape Powell St Gallery, Melbourne
1982 Some Melbourne Printmakers Powell St Gallery, Melbourne
Aspects of the Landscape Shepparton Regional Gallery, Victoria
Aspects of the Landscape Benalla Regional Gallery, Victoria Aspects of the Landscape Powell St Gallery, Melbourne
1978 Ewing Gallery, Melbourne
Mildura Sculpture Triennial, Victoria
1977 Ewing Gallery, Melbourne
1976 Ewing Gallery, Melbourne
1975 Mildura Sculpture Triennial, Victoria

Awards
2017 Lloyd Rees Art Prize, Finalist
2015 Authur Guy Prize Finalist
Colville Lloyd Rees Art Prize, Hobart Finalist
2013 Colville Lloyd Rees Art Prize, Hobart Finalist
2012 Glover Art Prize, Evandale, Tas Finalist
Geelong Contemporary Art Prize Finalist
2011 Fleurieu Landscape Art Prize Finalist
Tattersall’s Club Landscape Art Prize, Brisbane Finalist
2008 Tattersall’s Club Landscape Art Prize, Brisbane Finalist
2007 Mt Buller Landscape Art Prize, Mt Buller, VIC. Finalist
2006 ANL Maritime Art Prize Finalist
1990 Crouch Prize Ballarat Regional Gallery, Ballarat
Maritime Art Award, ACTA Sydney
1959 Diamond Valley Art Award

Collections (International)

CDS Gallery New York City

The Crundwell Collection, USA

John Elderfield Collection, New York

John Walker Collection New York City

The Phillips Collection, Washington, USA

Washington Museum, USA

Collections (Australia)

Art Gallery of Ballarat

Australian National Gallery

Burnie City Gallery, Tasmania

Geelong Regional Gallery

Hobart Museum and Art Gallery

Holmes á Court Collection, WA

ICI Collection

La Trobe Valley Arts Centre Victoria

The Lowensteins Art Management Collection, Melbourne, Sydney

Macquarie Bank Ltd, Sydney

National Gallery of Victoria

Parliament House Canberra

Peter MacCallum Cancer Hospital, Melbourne

St Kilda City Collection

Ian Parry, The Sea in Winter 4, oil on linen, 51 x 51cm $4200
Ian Parry, The Sea in Winter 4, oil on linen, 51 x 51cm $4200
Ian Parry, The Sea in Winter 5, oil on linen, 51 x 51cm $4200
Ian Parry, The Sea in Winter 5, oil on linen, 51 x 51cm $4200
Ian Parry, The Sea in Winter 1, oil on linen. 51 x 51cm $4200
Ian Parry, The Sea in Winter 1, oil on linen. 51 x 51cm $4200
Ian Parry, The Sea in Winter 3, oil on linen, 51 x 51cm $4200
Ian Parry, The Sea in Winter 3, oil on linen, 51 x 51cm $4200
Ian Parry, The Sea in Winter 2 oil on linen, 51 x 51cm $4200
Ian Parry, The Sea in Winter 2 oil on linen, 51 x 51cm $4200
Ian Parry, The Sea in Winter 7, oil on linen, 51 x 51cm $4200
Ian Parry, The Sea in Winter 7, oil on linen, 51 x 51cm $4200
Ian Parry, The Sea in Winter 9, oil on linen, 51 x 51cm $4200
Ian Parry, The Sea in Winter 9, oil on linen, 51 x 51cm $4200
Ian Parry, The Sea in Winter 10, oil on linen, 51 x 51cm $4200
Ian Parry, The Sea in Winter 10, oil on linen, 51 x 51cm $4200
Ian Parry, The Sea in Winter 8, oil on linen, 51 x 51cm $4200
Ian Parry, The Sea in Winter 8, oil on linen, 51 x 51cm $4200
Ian Parry, The Sea in Winter 6, oil on linen, 51 x 51cm $4200
Ian Parry, The Sea in Winter 6, oil on linen, 51 x 51cm $4200
Ian Parry, The Sea in Winter 11, oil on linen, 51 x 51cm $4200
Ian Parry, The Sea in Winter 11, oil on linen, 51 x 51cm $4200
Ian Parry, Moonrise Stormy Bay, 2018, oil on linen, 123 x 107cm $15,000
Ian Parry, Moonrise Stormy Bay, 2018, oil on linen, 123 x 107cm $15,000
Ian Parry, Window I, 2018, oil on linen, 107 x 107cm $12500
Ian Parry, Window I, 2018, oil on linen, 107 x 107cm $12500
Ian Parry, Window 2, 2018, oil on linen, 107 x 107cm $12500
Ian Parry, Window 2, 2018, oil on linen, 107 x 107cm $12500
Ian Parry, Piero's Light, 2018, oil on linen, 107 x 107cm $12500
Ian Parry, Piero's Light, 2018, oil on linen, 107 x 107cm $12500
Ian Parry, Bruni with Rain, 2018, oil on linen, 92 x 122cm $15,500
Ian Parry, Bruni with Rain, 2018, oil on linen, 92 x 122cm $15,500
Ian Parry, Littoral, 2018, oil on linen, 108 x 122cm $16,000
Ian Parry, Littoral, 2018, oil on linen, 108 x 122cm $16,000
Ian Parry, Pont Aven 2018, oil on linen, 107 x 107cm $12,800
Ian Parry, Pont Aven 2018, oil on linen, 107 x 107cm $12,800
Ian Parry, Serrusier, 2018, oil on linen, 92 x 138cm $16,000
Ian Parry, Serrusier, 2018, oil on linen, 92 x 138cm $16,000
Ian Parry, After Vlamingk II, 2017, oil on linen, 92 x 137cm $12,500
Ian Parry, After Vlamingk II, 2017, oil on linen, 92 x 137cm $12,500
Ian Parry, After Vlamingk I, 2017, oil on linen, 92 x 137cm $14,000
Ian Parry, After Vlamingk I, 2017, oil on linen, 92 x 137cm $14,000