Born in 1955 in County Durham, the son of a coal miner/artist, Ian attended school in Yorkshire before studying art at Shoreditch College, Surrey, graduating in 1978. Since then he has been living and working as a professional painter in the Lake District with his wife and family. Ian has exhibited successfully on nine occasions at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions. He was the fea5tured artist in The Leisure Painter, 2007 and The Artist, 2008. Ian has exhinited with the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, 1994, Glyndebourne Festival, 1990. Solo Shows with John Noott Galleries, Broadway, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2013. Works in the collections of Courtauld Textiles, Lohnro Textiles, Tate & Lyle, Nassau Community College, Eddie Shah, David Kossoff, Lord Young of Graffham, and many private collections worldwide. Commissioned by Kensington Palace for HRH Prince & Princess of Wales (1984). In 2008 Royal Academy critics view, Telegraph.co.uk, Mark Monahan wrote: Amalfi Lemon Ian Parker How on earth to single out just one work from the 1,000-plus on show? How indeed. There are so many superb works on show - Jeff Koonss lustrous steel egg, Michael Craig-Martins hypnotic LCD self-portrait, Ken Howards luminously Venetian rendering of the Campo San Giovanni e Paolo - but its a far smaller work that Im going to plump for. Ian Parkers tiny oil Amalfi Lemon strikes me as a near-perfect still-life. Exquisitely simple, perfectly executed (its almost photo-realist, though happily not quite), and its subject bathed in a subtly atmospheric light, it makes you feel you could reach through the canvas and pluck the fruit from the painting

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