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A Coronation among Friends of Leamington Station

Thu June 03 2021

 

EMBELLISHED CANVAS PRINT

Inspiration

She is depicted here at night visiting Leamington Spa Station, after recent rain.

On the left of the painting we see the gardens and the train hedge on Platform 2 prepared and maintained by the The Friends of  Leamington Station who are Volunteers.

As a local railway artist, a born brummie and lover of steam trains, Kevin felt compelled to create and paint the magnificent Coronation Class locomotive named City of Birmingham no 6235,which was built at Crewe Works in 1939 and ran on British Railways until its withdrawal from service in 1964 and moved into preservation.
It was on show at Birmingham Science Museum in Newhall Street until 1997, which he went to see in all its glory in the late 1960s.

It was then moved to Think Tank, Birmingham Science Museum in Digbeth Birmingham.
Kevin went along to see it there around the turn of the century.
He was somewhat disappointed to see that the loco seemed to be crowded out by other exhibits in too close proximity to it.
Too many exhibits in the way to get a full appreciation of her grandeur.
She seemed lost and forgotten and was hardly a soul there at the time in the Museum to witness her beauty.

Kevin’s inspiration for the painting began knowing that in his opinion this beautiful locomotive should really be out of the Museum and running on the rail network and working as part of steam railway preservation and enjoyed by steam enthusiasts.

It is also 75 years this year since this locomotive was destreamlined and was the first in its class after World War 2 to undergo this change.

Further inspiration came from looking at the fabulous railway art of Terence Cuneo and Philip D Hawkins
and their portrayal of Coronation pacifics on the canvas.

Volunteers enjoying a well earned coffee after a gardening session

 

Train Hedge created by Friends of Leamington Station

 

Romance of Steam

Kevin Alun Parrish © 2021

Parrish Paintings Exhibition Video

Sun May 02 2021

Dear friend Stuart Hargreaves was inspired to create this video after attending the TAPESTRY OF LIFE Exhibition in 2005 and the VANISHING WORLD EXHIBITION in 2008 at Warwick Studios Gallery in Leamington Spa UK.
Kevin, the Artist, is very grateful for this kind gesture as he feels it encapsulates the body and mood of his artwork on show at these exhibitions along with Stuart’s chosen piece of music playing over the video.

Carol Ann Ford

Tue April 06 2021

Giclee Print

(Part of the Mythmaking Four oil painting featured in the Doctor Who Gallery)

Cast as Dr Who’s Granddaughter in the sci fi series Doctor Who from the first TV episode in November 1963

Here we have Carole portrayed in the role of Jacky from the TV programme “Suspense” in episode 12 entitled “The Man on the Bicycle” from Season 2.

(This series preceded her role as Susan Foreman in Dr Who in 1963)

Kevin Alun Parrish © 2003

Barbara (Jacqueline Hill) Doctor Who 1963 -1965

Wed March 24 2021

 

 

GRACE JACQUELINE HILL (who played Barbara Wright, a school teacher from Coal Hill School in TV science fiction serial Dr Who) was employed at Cadbury’s Bourneville, Birmingham UK after leaving school. and took part in Amateur Dramatics there.

She was encouraged to apply to RADA where she became an accomplished actress.

Alvin Rakoff (Jackie’s husband and Film Director) was a friend of Verity Lambert (the Producer of Dr Who at the time) and had admired her acting in Maigret.

Jacqueline Hill instigated the casting of Sean Connery as James Bond in the early 007 films

 


Giclee print

Kevin Alun Parrish © 2021