Ione Parkin trained at Winchester School of Art (BA Hons, 1988) and moved to Bath. She has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. Solo shows include Byard Art, Cambridge (2005), Art First, London (1996), Anthony Hepworth, Bath (1994), and Gomez Gallery, Baltimore, U.S.A.
Her work has been included in numerous group shows including Adam Gallery, Bath (two-person show + catalogue with Fred Cuming RA) in 2006; Northcote Gallery London, 2005; AAF New York, 2004, 2003 & 2002; Six Chapel Row, Bath (two-person show + catalogue); Black Swan, Somerset (two-person show with sculptor, Peter Hayes); and Rosenberg & Kaufman, New York, 1998.
Ione’s work is in a number of corporate collections including Reuters H.Q., London; Kindle Banking Systems, Ireland; Duchas Heritage Service, Dublin; Premier Steel, Dublin; Mullis & Peake, Essex; and Taylor Vinters Solicitors, Cambridge.
Publications include “Collecting Original Prints” by Rosemary Simmons (A & C Black, 2005) and “50 Wessex Artists” (Evolver, 2006).
Her work has been informed by extensive travel - glaciers, volcanic terrain, mountain ranges, limestone plateaux, jungles and caves. She also draws on secondary material - in particular, aerial photographs and microscopic images. Form and motion underlies such diversity of scale and place. She has spent a period of time and studio work in New York, absorbing particularly the influence of Abstract Expressionism.
The artist says of her work: 'My work is concerned with the elemental processes of landscape. I combine an intuitive and tactile exploration of the physicality of the painting medium with a response to natural phenomena, the forces of geological activity and the development of organic form… Each painting becomes like a fossil-bearing surface, revealing tracks and traces. The work eventually sets into its new-found form, freeze-framed in time and motion. This is a point of unstable equilibrium where the contrasting states of resolution and quest co-exist.
'The paintings function as a microcosm – a finely balanced and sustainable system where each of the complex variety of marks makes a vital and unique contribution to the success of the whole. A state of fragile stability is achieved between clarity and diffusion, between the relative densities of substance and space, between structure and chaos.'