Biography of Fine Artist Kevin Alun Parrish

 

 

 

Biography

 

Kevin was born in Birmingham Warwickshire in 1953 with an English and Welsh background.
From an early age he had a love of drawing family portraits, steam locomotives and Daleks.
He had many interests including Railways, Music, Science Fiction, Art, Architecture, Sport.

After he left secondary school and college with a few “0” levels he wanted to go to Sutton Coldfield Art College and pursue an art career.
But his parents wanted him to find a routine 9-5pm job and bring some income into the Parrish family home.
In 1971 he found a job as a Trainee Draughtsman in civil/structural engineering at a Consulting Engineers company in Sutton Coldfield.
He soon undertook a Day release course at the local College which ran concurrently with his employment.
Once his apprenticeship was complete with accompanying qualifications his career in Civil Engineering was assured.
In 1995 after a successful career in UK and working overseas as a Contract Technical Engineer he was finally made redundant from a Consulting Engineers in Birmingham, the place where his career had all started.

At this point Kevin decided to change his career and pursue his first love, which was to become a full time Fine Artist instead.
A decision he has never regretted.
Undertaking an Art course at Mid Warwickshire Leamington College in 1995 helped him realise the potential of what he could do creatively.
He soon became inspired to convert some of his interests in his mind onto the Canvas.
His preference was to use the oil medium as it suited his way of freehand painting best.

In the first instance Kevin wanted to become a Railway Artist and was accepted by the Guild of Railway Artists in 1993 based in Warwick.
As a member he exhibited with the Guild around the country.
He went on to attend Steam Preservation events and secured a few commissions in the process.
His Railway Art can be found in Books, magazines, Jigsaw Puzzles, Prints; Greeting cards etc.

From the early 1970s Kevin was listening to Moody Blues music and loved their sound and later became inspired by their lyrics of love, peace and harmony.
He created several montage images of the Band in the late 1990s and these were published in magazines, CDs and their fanzines in UK and USA and found recognition globally with his fan art.

In 1963, at the impressionable age of 10 Kevin was introduced to what went on to become a TV phenomenon and legend, namely Dr Who .
It was compelling, engaging viewing for children as the stories were well written and realised. Some of the episodes to him were quite frightening to watch. But they had a healthy sort of fear to them and sometimes he was “behind the sofa”.
Kevin created several montages of the TV show in the late 1990s and still does to this day as the show is ever evolving and works on so many levels.
His name is known in the Doctor Who world through fandom, conventions and merchandise etc.

In 2000 he was promoted by Acanthus Gallery in Balsall Common where he learned some techniques in Fine Art and undertook some Projects and commissions.

From 2001 Kevin became Resident Artist at the Jane Powell Art Studio in Kenilworth.
Here he gained a growing interest in the canal network around the Midlands and how they related to the rail network.
He created many canal/railway scenes with the help from his own photos and his Artist name became known in the Inland Waterways world, appearing on greeting cards etc..

In 2003 he was promoted by Warwick Studios Gallery based in Leamington Spa. Here he had two sell out exhibitions in 2005 and 2008 of monochrome nostalgic traditional artwork. In the meantime from 2006-2008 he was a Resident Live Artist at the Gallery, undertaking meeting the public, framing paintings for customers, generally helping out running the Gallery and of course painting on the canvas in the Gallery when time permitted.

In 2009 Kevin joined the Mitchell Gallery in Warwick. Here he continued creating monochrome oil paintings in a similar style to what was achieved with Warwick Studios Gallery. However the paintings were of buildings in Warwick at night with the glow of the moon and emphasis on reflections from wet surfaces.
Kevin was now working from his studio at home again.
Kevin continues to exhibit with the Mitchell Gallery along with other Artists there.
The Gallery has kindly devoted part of its space to house his artwork known as “the Warwick Collection”.

In 2010 Kevin joined a local Rambling Club and became inspired to create scenes from the natural world after experiencing such joy and pleasure.

In 2011 he joined the local tennis club. A first ever lawn tennis club that was founded in 1872, six years prior to Wimbledon.
Here he was inspired to create portraits of Andy Murray and Ann Jones. These images have been exhibited at their Club House.

Kevin undertakes commissions and can be contacted at his Studio on 01926 332708 or email: parrish@quicknetuk.com
His website address is http://www.kevinparrish.co.uk

 

Kevin is also working on projects for Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway in the Cotswolds UK, creating Railway scenes of the preserved railway. These images are then reproduced onto merchandise and are on sale at the Toddington Station Shop in 2016.

Pursuing a Fine Art career from 1993 he was inspired by Railway Artist Terence Cuneo’s artwork on model railway catalogues from the 1960s.

He has often been featured in the National and Local Press through related Books and Magazines and Newspapers and his Art can be found in Private Collections in UK and overseas.

‘Train On Time’ won first prize at Kenilworth Arts Festival in 2011. See Collections.

He became a member of the Cuneo Society in March 2013.

He was included in the Dictionary Of International Biography-37th Edition in June 2013.