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Gill Parker SEA

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Sculptor Gill Parker SEA
Gill Parker working on Roe Buck

About Gill Parker

`Gill Parker is one of the most acclaimed animal sculptors of our time.` It was whilst studying art at South Wilts Grammar School in Salisbury that Gill was first introduced to sculpture. Choosing not to go into further education, she tried several career paths, before taking up sculpture again. In May 1983 Gill took her first bronzes to London where they were bought by Garrards and Asprey. Early support and encouragement from the Sladmore Gallery led to her first one women show in November 1984. Since then she has become a leader in the field of equine and wildlife sculpture. With many major commissions to her name including the life size bronze Motivator at Ascot Racecourse. Gillís sculpture is eagerly sought by art collectors around the world and is in many public and private collections. Gill lives and works in a beautiful part of rural Gloucestershire, along with a various assortment of animals. Gill also breeds and shows American Quarter Horses with which she has won numerous European and National championships.

Exhibition History of Gill Parker

Saldmore Gallery
National Racehorse museum Newmarket
Gleneagles Equestrian Centre.
Robert Bowman Gallery

working on Life size Blue Marlin

Biography / CV of Gill Parker

Gill Parker first developed her love of sculpture while at school in Salisbury where she studied A level art. Having followed several differenet career paths, her love of art, particularly sculpture, drew her back to sculpting. Although initially sculpting was only a hobby, she became convinced of her ability to didicate herself completely to the work when, in May of 1983, Gill took her first bronzes to London where they were purchased by Garrards and Aspreys. Her first one-woman show was at the Sladmore Gallery in November 1984. The Sladmore, and in particular it owner Edward Horswell, supported and encouraged Gill over the next few years, holding regular exhibitions of her new work and including examples in their International Exhibitions.

Gill and Lion cub

Artist Statement of Gill Parker

"I have always found animals, especially horses, the most beautiful and fascinating of creatures. In fact all things natural have always been close to my heart. I discovered sculpture whilst still at school but working in bronze was only a dream until 1983. Since then I have revelled in the freedom and vibrancy bronze gives me. Executed well this cold hard material can become warm and alive, capturing mood and movement like nothing else."
"Although probably best known for my horse studies, I donít see myself as purely an equestrian artist. I enjoy working on many different subjects, although they would be primarily of the animal kingdom. I do not wish to portray animals as characters or in an overly sentimental way, but with all the dignity and beauty they deserve.
ĎIt may sound like a clichť but my greatest inspiration really does come from the natural world.
From an early age I remember studying animals; their interaction, movement and spirit. I didnít know it at the time but the knowledge I gained then has left me with far greater advantages than any formal training.
The first bronzes I saw were those of the ĎAnimalierí school and Remington. Although I admire them, and some of my earlier works were probably influenced by the animaliers in particular, I quickly tried to develop my own style, and made a conscious effort to not look at other artistís sculpture. I start with a lump of shapeless clay and an idea and then work it until it starts to take on a life, feel and individual beauty of an animal. The challenge is to take an animal and find the way to portray its particular feel, character and movement: to try and get beneath the surface and find its spirit. For me the forms and shapes of the natural world cannot be improved upon and I never tire of the subject.

Awards and Prizes of Gill Parker

1992 Presidents Medal
1992 British Sporting Art Trust Award for Sculpture
1997 British Sporting Art Trust Award for Sculpture
1999 British Sporting Art Trust Award for Sculpture
2005 British Sporting Art Trust Award for Sculpture

Acquisitions / Collections of work by Gill Parker

Commissions include:

Sculptures of Rainbow Quest and Dancing Brave - European Racehorses of the year 1985 and 1986,
Motivator-Derby winner:
Hello Sanctos-World ranked no. 1 show jumper and 2012 Gold Medallist.
Life Sized Giant Galapagos Tortoise
Emirate Bronzes
Chloe Architectural Sculpture Handle

John Dunlop, Prince Khalid Abdullah,The Marchioness of Tavistock, Duke of Bedford, Emirates Airlines, Chloe Boutique

Price Range of Work

Gill Parker's work has a price range from £3,900 to £48,000

Mediums utilised

Gill Parker's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Gill Parker's work is found in the following categories on site:
Wild Animals and Wild Life Sculptures (11)
Horse Sculpture / Equines Race Horses Pack HorseCart Horses Plough Horsess (10)
Interior, Indoors, Inside Sculpture (10)
Commission and Custom and Bespoke sculpture Statues (10)
Pet and Animal Portrait Custom or Bespoke or Commission Commemorative or Memoriaql sculpture statue (10)
Domestic Animal Sculpture (9)
Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures (8)
Tabletop Desktop Small Indoor Statuettes Figurines Sculptures (8)
African Animal and Wildlife Sculptures (8)
Small Animal Sculptures (7)
Horses Small, for Indoors and Inside Display Statues statuettes Sculptures figurines commissions commemoratives (7)
Animals in General Sculptures Statues (6)
Commemoratives and Memorials Sculptures (4)
Polo Pony and Pony sculpture / statue / statuette / figurine / ornament Portraits Commissions Memorials (4)
Predators Carnivores Hunters Flesh Eaters Sculptures Statues statuettes carvings (4)
Endangered Animal Species Sculptures (4)
Dogs Sculpture (4)
Dogs Hounds Bitches Puppies Sporting and Racing (3)
Horses Outdoors, Outside, Life Size, Big, Large, Huge Sculptures Statues memorials commissions custom made (3)
Horse and Rider / Jockey Sculpture / Equestrian Sculptures (3)
Animal Birds Fish Busts or Heads or Masks or Trophies For Sale or Commission (3)
Cats Wild and Big Cats Sculpture (2)
Reptiles Sculptures and Amphibian Sculptures (2)
Horse Head or Bust or Mask or Portrait sculpture statuettes statue figurines (2)
Champions Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines (2)
Horses Abstract / Semi Abstract / Stylised / Contemporary / Modern Statues Sculptures statuettes (2)
Field Sports, Game Birds and Game Animals Sculptures (2)
Deer Sculptures (2)
Poolside Sculptures (2)
Antelope sculpture (2)
Cattle, Kine, Cows, Bulls, Buffalos, Bullocks, Heifers, Calves, Oxen, Bison, Aurocks, Yacks
Aquatic Sculptures Fish / Shells / Sharks / Seals / Corals / Seaweed
Varietal Mix of Bird Sculptures or Statues
Sculptures of Sport in General
Objects of desire Sculptures
Water Birds / Water Fowl / Seabirds / Waders
Animals and Birds at Play Sculptures Statues
Water Features, Fountains and Cascades
Outsize, Very Big, Extra Large and Massive Sculptures
Elephants (Pachederms) Sculptures, African, Indian, Sumatran
Big Game Fish Sculptures and Statues
Dogs Wild, Foxes, Wolves, Sculptures / Statues
Horses Heavy / Working Shire, Plough, Dray, Barge, Horses Sculptures Statues statuettes commissions memorials
Wild Bird Sculptures
Garden Bird and Animal Sculptures
Hyperrealistic Sculptures
Hares and Rabbits Sculptures
Asian Animals Reptiles Insects or Birds Sculptures or Statues
Awards, Trophies, Presentations and Prizes Sculptures

ArtParkS Sculpture Park Yearly exhibitions

Gill Parker's work has been exhibited at the following yearly exhibitions held at the ArtParkS sculpture park:
2008 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
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