SELMA PARLOUR

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'My paintings are meticulously rendered through soft films of oil on linen to look as though they are drawn, dyed or printed. My interest is in painting's in/extrinsic conventions and the technical problems of the medium. Central to my invented vocabulary are: the frame, flatness, surface, transparency, trompe l'oeil illusion, bands and units of isolated colour, repetition (with variation and displacement), frontality and the singularly-framed and fixed view, and the re-presentation of art and context.

The paintings are effectively diagrams or templates; illusion is codified through shaded bands and colour is in-laid as if through a process of marquetry. Colour is a veil (not a skin). The literal transparency of colour borrows from the white primer beneath so that colour glows as if lit from behind. This backlit quality is reminiscent of the screen and photograph. The analogue apes the digital; whilst the space of painting is imagined as a two-dimensional stage space that curtails fictive distance as it represents it.' SP

 

In 2018, Selma Parlour was a recipient of 'The Mark Rothko Memorial Trust Artist-In-Residence Award' in partnership with the Mark Rothko Art Centre in Daugavpils, Latvia. In 2017, Parlour won the 'Sunny Dupree Family Award for a Woman Artist' at the Summer Exhibition, the Royal Academy of Arts, London; and in 2016, she was a prizewinner at the John Moores Painting Prize. Other notable awards include her artist residency at Dio Horia, Athens and Island of Mykonos (2015), and a runner-up award from the Arts Foundation, London (2014). During her doctoral studies at Goldsmiths, University of London, Parlour received a research support award for travel to New York (2012); and went on to complete her PhD in Art in 2014. That same year, her work was selected for Thames and Hudson's international competition and publication '100 Painters of Tomorrow'.

Exhibitions include: 'Upright Animal' (solo) curated by Sacha Craddock, Pi Artworks, London (2018); 'Parlour Games' (solo), Marcelle Joseph Projects, House of St Barnabas, London; 'Kaleidoscope', Fold Gallery, London; John Moores Painting Prize, Walker Gallery, Liverpool (all 2016); 'Paradoxes of the Flattened-Out Cavity' (solo), Dio Horia, Island of Mykonos (2015); 'Selma Parlour' (solo), MOT International Projects, London (2012); 'Selma Parlour and Yelena Popova', Horton Gallery, New York (2012); and Bloomberg New Contemporaries, ICA, London (2011).

Parlour lectures at universities and arts institutions including the Royal Academy of Arts, London, where she was invited to join a panel discussion in conjunction with their 2016 blockbuster show 'Abstract Expressionism'. She is an Associate Lecturer in Art at The University of the Arts London.

Public collections are the Creative Cities Collection, Beijing and the Saatchi Gallery, London.

 

 

Studio view, 2017

 

 

Studio view, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

© Selma Parlour 2018