Kevin, the Artist at work on his Flying Scotsman train painting in 2012 at his studio in Leamington Spa
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 has many interests including Railways, Music, Nostalgia, Science Fiction, Art, Architecture, Astronomy, Sport, the Natural World and more.
After he left secondary school and college with “0” levels he wanted to go to Sutton Coldfield Art College and pursue an art career.
But his parents wanted him to find a proper, routine 9-5pm job and bring some income into the Parrish family home.
In 1971 he found a full time job as a Trainee Draughtsman in Civil/Structural Engineering at a Consulting Engineers company in Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire.
His employers asked him to undertake a Day release Building course at his local College which ran concurrently with his employment.
Once his apprenticeship was complete with accompanying qualifications to HNC level, his career in Civil Engineering was assured.
In 1995 after a successful career in UK and overseas as a Contract Technical Engineer he was finally made redundant from a Consulting Engineers in Birmingham.
At this point Kevin decided to change his career and pursue his first love, which was Fine Art.
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 into ideas for creativity 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 an Associate member he exhibited with the Guild around the country.
He was invited to attend Steam Preservation events (eg. the Great Central Railway) as a stall holder promoting his Railway Art and he managed to secure a few commissions by meeting steam railway enthusiasts there, who were fascinating to listen to.
His Railway Art can be found in Books, Magazines, on Jigsaw Puzzles, Prints; Greeting cards, Postcards and on Youtube videos etc.
Kevin was elected a Full member by the Guild of Railway Artists on the 30 September 2018 by the Guild Council at Kidderminster Railway Museum, Kidderminster Railway Station on the Severn Valley Railway.
He regards it as an honour to be a Full member and it gives him more credibility as a Railway Artist.
As a music lover Kevin also created many montages featuring the symphonic band The Moody Blues.
These were promoted through their fan club at the time in UK and Overseas during the 1990s and beyond.
He also created montages of rock band Yes and Cliff Richard and the Shadows and was involved with charity events.
During the 1990s Kevin also created several montages of the TV sci fi programme Doctor Who.
He had been a fan from its very first episode shown on TV in 1963.
His art is renowned in the Doctor Who world through fandom, conventions, charity events and merchandise etc.
In 2000 his Fine Art was promoted by Acanthus Gallery in Balsall Common where he learned many techniques in Fine Art and undertook Projects and commissions in various genre.
From 2001 Kevin was invited to become the Resident Artist at the Jane Powell Art Studio in Kenilworth, Warwickshire.
Here he gained a growing interest in the canal network, encouraged by fellow artist Jane and cousin Marie, around the Midlands and their history interacting with the rail network.
He went on to create many canal/railway scenes with help from his own photos and his artwork became renowned in the Inland Waterways world, appearing on their greeting cards along with other greeting card and jigsaw publishers etc.
He joined The Fine Art Trade Guild in 2002 and was part of a touring UK Exhibition that year. His Artists name has appeared in The Directory in 2003, 4 and 5.
In 2002 he was promoted as a Fine Artist by Warwick Studios Gallery based in Leamington Spa. Here he had two solo sell out exhibitions in 2005 and 2008 of monochrome nostalgic traditional artwork. In the meantime from 2006-2008 he was invited to be a Resident Live Artist in 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 was invited to join the Mitchell Gallery in Warwick. Here he had continued success with a solo exhibition creating monochrome oil paintings in a similar style to what was achieved with Warwick Studios Gallery. However his paintings of buildings in Warwick at night with the glow of the moon and emphasis on reflections from wet surfaces, was from an idea created by Kevin and the Gallery.
Kevin was now working at his studio from home.
Kevin continued to exhibit his art with the Mitchell Gallery along with other Artists there until its closure in March 2018.
The Gallery kindly devoted part of its space to permanently exhibit his artwork known as “The Warwick Collection”.
This collection sold very well in the form of original oil paintings, embellished prints and greeting cards.
In 2010 Kevin joined a local Rambling Club and became inspired to create scenes from the natural world after experiencing so much joy and pleasure walking in the natural world as a Rambler.
In 2011 he was accepted and joined the Leamington Lawn Tennis and Squash Club. The first ever lawn tennis club founded in this country and the world and was founded in 1872, five years prior to Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club being founded in SW19.
At the Club he felt inspired to create portraits of British Wimbledon champions Andy Murray and Ann Jones in a fantasy setting. These images have been exhibited in their Club House.
In 2013 Kevin was commissioned by the Deputy Mayor of Warwick to create a painting in monochrome of The Court House in Jury Street Warwick, based on the Warwick Collection style of painting.
The Project was to commemorate the 1100th anniversary of the towns history and the buildings completed restoration in 2014.
The Deputy Mayor became Mayor of Warwick in 2014 and now owns many of my original pieces of art from my Warwick Collection in her home in Leamington Spa. Kevin feels very honoured.
In 2014 the Mayor set up a Charity Fund for the restoration appeal by promoting a Limited Edition number of Prints from the original oil painting of the Court House. A highly successful venture which helped finance the restoration cost.
The original painting is exhibited in the Court House and a framed print is exhibited in the Tourist Information Office, Jury St Warwick.
The famous Thomas Oken tea rooms in Warwick also exhibit a print of the Court House on show to customers.
Kevin has donated his artwork to various Charities over the years, including Science fiction conventions, Police Charities and the Moody Blues fan Club in Surrey and in the USA.
In 2018 Kevin became a sponsored visual Artist supporting “The Foresters’ Fund For Children” by advertising his artwork in the charity’s handbook.
He has won awards and prizes over the years as a Fine artist pursuing his passion.
Kevin, the Artist appears in the annual Who’s Who in Art 34th, 35th, 36th Editions, published in 2010, 2012 and 2014.
His Artist’s name also appears in the 37th Dictionary of International Biography published in June 2013.
His artwork can be found in private art collections in UK and overseas.