Ian Parry

Ian Parry’s meditative depictions of Tasmanian seascapes glow with a serene intensity. Parry relocated from Melbourne, where he occupied a well-respected position in the art scene, to coastal Tasmania seven years ago, furthering his lifelong commitment to capturing the boundlessness of the ocean. A commitment proclaimed by the strength of the recent paintings by this enigmatic senior artist.

Parry’s subject remains the sea and the horizon. Often this is married with the simplified forms of natural and man-made objects, such as hulls of abandoned ships, lone trees and other detritus of the coast. Parry’s work hums with the vibration that colour can create when used to its best effect. Each colour harmonises to give the work a rich presence, one that is achieved slowly through many glazes and creative scumbles of paint.

Parry has exhibited widely in Tasmania, Melbourne and regional Victoria. His works are represented in major public and private collections in Australia and overseas, including the Australian National Gallery, Canberra.

Ian Parry is represented in Victoria by the James Makin Gallery.

Born Melbourne 1947
Lives and works in Tasmania.

Education: Bachelor of Art (Printmaking) Prahran Art School

Solo Exhibitions:

2010 Recent Works from Tasmania, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
Floating World, Colville Street Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania
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
2006 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
1984 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:

2010 Melbourne Art Fair, 2010
2010 ‘The Autumn Collection’, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2009 ‘The Winter Collection’, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2009 ‘The Autumn Collection’, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2009 ‘Magistry’, Latrobe Regional Art Gallery, Melbourne
2008 Tattersall’s Club Landscape Art Prize Exhibition, Brisbane
2008 Winter Collection – Annual Collector’s Exhibition , James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2008 Autumn Collection, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2007 Winter Collection – Annual Collector’s Exhibition , James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2007 Mt Buller Landscape Art Prize, Mt Buller, VIC.
2007 Nature Morte, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2006 ANL Maritime Art Prize, Docklands Melbourne
2006 Annual Collectors Exhibition, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2002 Salon des Réfusés S.H. Erwin Gallery Sydney
2002 Ian Parry & Tim Burns Art at Mount Macedon Judith Pugh Gallery, Melbourne
1992 Seven Disparate Artists Deakin University Gallery, Victoria
1992 Survey 13 Geelong Regional Gallery
1991 Powell St Gallery, Melbourne
1987 The Small Picture Show 70 Arden Street Melbourne
1987 Young Australians National Galley of Victoria
1987 Dark Work 70 Arden Street Melbourne
1984 Still Life and the Interior Powell St Gallery, Melbourne
1984 Aspects of the Landscape Geelong Regional Gallery
1984 Aspects of the Landscape Powell St Gallery, Melbourne
1982 Some Melbourne Printmakers Powell St Gallery, Melbourne
1982 Aspects of the Landscape Shepparton Regional Gallery, Victoria
1982 Aspects of the Landscape Benalla Regional Gallery, Victoria
1982 Aspects of the Landscape Powell St Gallery, Melbourne
1978 Ewing Gallery, Melbourne
1978 Mildura Sculpture Triennial, Victoria
1977 Ewing Gallery, Melbourne
1976 Ewing Gallery, Melbourne
1975 Mildura Sculpture Triennial, Victoria

Collections:

Macquarie Group Collection
Collection of John Elderfield – Chief Curator Paintings and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, New York City
CDS Gallery New York City
Australian National Gallery
National Gallery of Victoria
Burnie City Gallery, Tasmania
Geelong Regional Gallery
La Trobe Valley Arts Centre Victoria
St Kilda City Collection
Parliament House Canberra
ICI Collection
John Walker Collection New York City
Holmes á Court Collection, WA
Hobart Museum and Art Gallery
The Crundwell Collection

Awards:
2010 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
1990 Maritime Art Award, ACTA Sydney
1959 Diamond Valley Art Award

Ian Parry is represented by James Makin Gallery in Victoria.