notes on practice
installation views
reviews and books


b. 1976, Johannesburg, SA
Group Exhibition Take Your Conscience To The Pawnshop
  Karl Bielik, Mikey Cuddihy, Jeff Dellow, Neil Gall, Jenny Hager, Janes Harris, Peter Lamb, David Leapman (curator), Lee Maelzer, Hanz Hancock and Patrick Morrissey, Selma Parlour, Max Presneill, James Rielly, Bob and Roberta Smith, Sarah Sparks, Jessica Voorsanger, Suzy willey
  Terrace Gallery
  opening: 20th Feb 2020, 6-9pm. Runs until 15th March, mon-fri 4-10pm, sat-sun 12-10pm
  William The Fourth, 816 High Road Leyton, London, E10 6AE
2008-2014 PhD Art, Goldsmiths, University of London
1999-2002 MFA, University of Reading
1995-1998 BA (Hons) Art, 1st Class, De Montfort University, Leicester
Solo Exhibitions
2019 'Activities for the Abyss', Pi Artworks, London
2018 'Upright Animal', curated by Sacha Craddock, Pi Artworks, London
2016 'Parlour Games', site-specific installation, Marcelle Joseph Projects, House of St Barnabas, London
2015 'Paradoxes of the Flattened-Out Cavity', Dio Horia, Island of Mykonos, Greece
2012 Selma Parlour, MOT International, London
Group Exhibitions
2019 'Women Imprinted', The h Club Gallery, London
  'The Inhuman /difficult transition/', Thames-Side Studios Gallery, London
  'We are (not) amused', Nook Gallery, BACA Art Centre, Beijing
2018 'Harder Edge', The h Club Gallery & The Saatchi Gallery, London
  'Not Dream of Islands', Palfrey Space, London
  'Destroyed by Shadows', The Cornerstone Gallery, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool
  'Do Re Mi Fa So La Te', Perimeter Space at Griffin Gallery, London
  'The Performativity of Painting', Stephen Lawrence Gallery, University of Greenwich, London
2017 'Beneath the Colour', the Saatchi Gallery at the Hyatt Regency, London
  'PIY PaintLounge', Sluice Biennial, London
  The Summer Exhibition, The Royal Academy of Arts, London
  'Make a Mark', ArthouSE1, London
  'Nine Painters', Syson Gallery, Nottingham
  'Three100', No Format, London
2016 'The British Society of Self-Deprecation', Cheng Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing
  'frac-tured-su-per-struc-tures', Space Station Gallery, London
  John Moores Painting Prize 2016, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
  ING Discerning Eye (invited by Sacha Craddock), Mall Galleries, London
  'Kaleidoscope', Fold Gallery, London
  The Marmite Prize for Painting V, Block 336, London & Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, Ireland
  'Pool', Griffin Gallery, London
2015 'The Shapes We're In', Bread & Jam, London
  'Dio Horia in Mykonos', Dio Horia, Island of Mykonos, Greece
  'En Plein Air', pop-up exhibition, Mecklenburgh Square, London
  Griffin Gallery Open, Griffin Gallery, London
  'The Shape of Things', The Dot Project, London
  'Autocatalytic Future Games', No Format, London
  'Rainbow Merchant', Schwartz Gallery, London
2014 '100 Painters of Tomorrow', One Art Space, New York, NY
  'Summer Saloon', Lion & Lamb Gallery, London
  Volta 10 (with Beers Contemporary, London), Basel
2013 Crash Open Salon, Charlie Dutton Gallery, London
2012 'A Sense of Adventure', pop-up exhibition, Pullman Hotel, London
  Creative Cities Collection Exhibition, The Barbican, London
  Selma Parlour & Yelena Popova, Horton Gallery, New York, NY
  'Double Vision', Lion & Lamb Gallery, London
  '270112 Abstractions', Laure Genillard Gallery, London
  'Parallel Universe', Charlie Dutton Gallery, London
2011 Crash Open Salon, Charlie Dutton Gallery, London
  Bloomberg New Contemporaries, S1 Artspace, Sheffield & ICA, London
  Salon Art Prize, Matt Roberts Arts, London
  'Mysteries', Beers.Lambert Contemporary Art, London
Awards & Residencies
2019 L.A. Summer Residency, Otis College of Art & Design, Los Angeles, June 2019
  Artist in Residence, Eastside International, Los Angeles, May 2019
2018 'The Mark Rothko Memorial Trust Artist-in-Residence Award' in partnership with The Mark Rothko Art Centre, Daugavpils Fortress, Latvia, June-July 2018 (selected by Trustees Paul Huxley RA, Allen Jones RA, Tim Marlow and Curator Laura Culpan)
2017 'The Sunny Dupree Family Award for a Woman Artist', The Summer Exhibition, The Royal Academy of Arts, London (selected by Sunny Dupree, Sacha Craddock, Humphrey Ocean RA and Mel Jordan)
2016 Prizewinner, John Moores Painting Prize (selected by Gillian Carnegie, Richard Davey, Ding Yi, Phoebe Unwin & Ansel Krut)
2015 Artist in Residence (Invited), Dio Horia, Island of Mykonos and Athens, May/June 2015
2014 Runner-up Award, Arts Foundation Fellowship in Painting (selected by David Batchelor, Sadie Coles & Michael Raedecker)
2012 Research Support Award, Goldsmiths, University of London
Creative Cities Collection, Beijing
The Saatchi Gallery, London
(Private collections in Europe, United States, Canada, China, & Australia)
Symposia, Artist Talks, & Guest Lecturing
'Contemporary Painting, Perspectives of Now', panel discussion, University of the West of England, Bristol, 16th January 2020
'Activities for the Abyss: Selma Parlour in conversation with Mark Sheerin', Pi Artworks, London, 11th January 2020
Artist talk, Otis College of Art & Design, Los Angeles, 17th June 2019
'Now That's What I Call Painting', two-person presentation with Jin Han Lee, Wimbledon College of Arts, University of the Arts London, 15th October 2018
Artist talk, 10th International Conference: 'Person, Colour, Nature, Music', The Mark Rothko Art Centre, Daugavpils, Latvia, 5-6th July 2018
Artist talk & visiting tutor, Turps Art School, Turps Banana, London, 4th June 2018
Artist talk & visiting tutor, University of the West of England, Bristol, 14th March 2018
'The Performativity of Painting', group discussion, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, University of Greenwich, London, 10th February 2018
'Changing Places: Transposition & Painting, Methodologies & Concepts', symposium presentation, Fabrication Research Group, School of Art, University of Worcester, 6th February 2018
'Selma Parlour in conversation with curator Sacha Craddock', Pi Artworks, London, 1st February 2018
Artist talk & visiting tutor, School of Design, Leeds University, 31st January 2018
Visiting tutor, The RA Schools, The Royal Academy of Arts, London, 18th January 2018
Visiting tutor, Wimbledon College of Arts, University of the Arts London, 6th December 2017
'Sophie Mackfall, Sid Motion & Selma Parlour', panel discussion, PIY PaintLounge, Sluice Biennial, London, 1st October 2017
'Abstract Trompe L'Oeil: Selma Parlour in conversation with curator Marcelle Joseph', House of St Barnabas, London, 24th April 2017
Artist talk & visiting tutor, Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London, 14th March 2017
Artist talk & visiting tutor, Arts University Bournemouth, 2nd February 2017
Artist talk & visiting tutor, Wimbledon College of Arts, University of the Arts London, 24th November 2016
Artist talk, De Montfort University, Leicester, 9th November 2016
'Abstract Expressionism & its Legacy for a New Generation', panel discussion (Chair: Ben Street), The Royal Academy of Arts, London, 5th November 2016
'Alice Browne & Selma Parlour', Artist talk, PaintUnion, Griffin Gallery, London, 24th June 2014
'Composition', symposium presentation, MOT International & Goldsmiths, University of London, 28th-30th January 2013
'What Theory?', symposium presentation (Interlocutor: Marina Vranopoulou), Goldsmiths, University of London, 26th-28th October 2009
'Painting', symposium presentation, Goldsmiths, University of London, 16th-17th March 2009
Associate Lecturer in Art, University of the Arts London (appointed February 2018)
'Depicting Limits: Syntax, Abstraction and Space in Contemporary Painting', Doctoral Research, Goldsmiths Research Online
'Too Late for Late Modernism: Selma Parlour in conversation with John Bunker', Instantloveland, 5th May 2018
'John Moores Painting Prize: Celebrating 60 years', short film featuring Sir Peter Blake, Jarvis Cocker, Lubaina Himid, Tim Marlow, Donal Maloney, Selma Parlour, Sarah Pickstone & Nicholas Serota, National Museums Liverpool (London screening 24th April 2018)
Books & Catalogues
'Another World' catalogue of artists, charity postcard sale curated by Tracey Emin, Frieze London 2018 & Deutsche Bank, January 2019
DACS Annual Review 2017, September 2018
'100X Handpicked', Saatchi Gallery & Christies, London, June 2018
Craddock. S., 'Selma Parlour', monograph, Pi Artworks, London, April 2018
David, K., 'Do Re Mi Fa So La Te', Perimeter Space at the Griffin Gallery, London, April 2018
Roberts, A., 'The Performativity of Painting', Greenwich University, London, January 2018
Bliss, B., 'Make a Mark', New Troy, July 2017
ING Discerning Eye, November 2016
Vazquez, J., & Penketh, S., John Moores Painting Prize 2016, July 2016
Cope, M., The 5th Marmite Prize for Painting 2016, June 2016
Byrne, R. & Elton, L., 'Pool', April 2016
Beers, K., '100 Painters of Tomorrow', Thames and Hudson, London, September 2014
Cope, M. & Moran, S., Marmite Prize IV, catalogue of long-listed artists, December 2012
Zhan, X., Creative Cities Collection, August 2012
Craddock, S., Bloomberg New Contemporaries, September 2011
Press & Reviews
Sheerin, M., 'Selma Parlour's Machine Code', FAD magazine, 15th January 2020
Strunck, C., 'Captial Gains, What to do in London: Life of Pi', ES Magazine, 21st November 2019
'Selma Parlour', Guia De Arte, Arteinformado, 2nd April 2018
'John Bunker, Donal Moloney, Michael Stubbs discuss Contemporary Abstract Painting & the Screen', You Tube, 23rd March 2018
DaFoe, T., 'Rising Star Selma Parlour Refreshes Abstract Painting with a Brainy Take on Space', Artnet News, 5th February 2018
Sheerin, M., 'Selma Parlour: Upright Animal, Pi Artworks review - incandescent colours', The Arts Desk, 18th January 2018
Carey-Kent, P., 'Selma Parlour: Upright Animal', Saturation Point, 8th January 2018
Parkinson, A., 'Nine Painters, Syson Gallery, Nottingham', Patterns that Connect, 26th April 2017
Westall, M., 'Selma Parlour: Parlour Games', FAD magazine, 7th October 2016
Steele, J., 'John Moores Painting Prize 2016', A-N, 30th September 2016
Gibson S., 'John Moores Painting Prize 2016', Nerve magazine, 27th August 2016
Parkinson, A., 'Approaches to Colour: Kalidoscope at Fold Gallery', Patterns that Connect, 26th August 2016
Noga, L., 'Kaleidoscope at Fold Gallery, London', Saturation Point, 21st August 2016
'Where to buy...', The Week, 20th August 2016
'What the critics would pay to see', Saturday Review, The Times, 9th July 2016
Davey, R., 'A Diverse Selection', John Moores Painting Prize catalogue essay, 9th July 2016
'Shortlist for John Moores Painting Prize 2016 announced', A-N, 21st June 2016
'Artists selected for John Moores Painting Prize - shortlist unveiled', The Guardian, 20th June 2016
Carey-Kent, P., 'Will you like Marmite?', Paul's Artworld, 5th June 2016
'The Landscape of Painting, Curator Rebecca Byrne Interviews Artist Selma Parlour', After Nyne, 17th May 2016
'Artists bring the outside in at the Griffin Gallery', London Live, 29th April 2016
'Artists selected for John Moores Painting Prize', BBC, 23rd April 2016
Bailey, S., 'Dio Horia in Mykonos', Critics' Picks, Artforum, 21st August 2015
Spirou, K., 'Two of Each: New Art Platform 'Dio Horia' on Mykonos Explores the Island's Contrasts', Yatzer, 20th July 2015
Drake, C., 'For Love or Money', Scene & Heard, Artforum, 4th July 2015
Asimakopoulou, K. & Astrapelou, M., 'Art in the House: Marina Vranopoulou', Vimagazino, Vima Sunday Newspaper, Athens, 27th April 2015
Carey-Kent, P., ‘New Painting Conforms to Type’, The Art Newspaper, Frieze Art Fair, London, 15th October 2014
‘Selma Parlour’, Dust Magazine Online, 15th January 2014
Maliszewski, L., 'Selma Parlour & Yelena Popova', On-Verge, New York, 12th July 2012
Abney, O., 'Horton Gallery - Selma Parlour', NYC Gallery Openings, You Tube, 15th June 2012
Singer, R., 'Selma Parlour & Yelena Popova', ArtInfo: On the Ground, New York, 13th June 2012
‘Artist Crush: Selma Parlour’, Art Hound, 6th June 2012
Darwent, C., 'Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2011', The Independent, 4th December 2011
Hazelton, C., 'Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2011', London Student, 8th December 2011
Ward, O., 'Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2011', Time Out, London, 2nd December 2011
Kent, S., 'Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2011', The Arts Desk, 28th November 2011

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