Mark Parkinson

Mark Edmund Parkinson

Senior Lecturer Fine Art

School of Art, Design and Fashion

Hanover Building, HR020

+44 (0) 1772 89 3952

Subject Areas: Fine Art, Art & Design

Mark Parkinson Studied Fine Art at the University of Central Lancashire from 1994-1997 and Birmingham Institute of Art & Design 1998-1999. He is a Senior Lecturer on the Art & Design Foundation Entry Course. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally, recent show Nocturne, Bath and has exhibited in New York, Sydney and Sienna Italy.

Mark Parkinson works predominantly in painting and drawing he has been a working artist since 1997. He works out of Preston, where he currently resides. He produces paintings, drawings, prints and also floor based installations.

His work is constantly in flux, but always draws on childhood experiences/memories a sense of place and ideas of identity; he grew up on inner city social housing estates, which heavily influences his work, though not always directly through imagery. His work is driven by responses to situations and memories a need to reclaim identity and place down markers against the ever shifting contemporary landscape and media portrayals of identity.

His drawings and paintings investigate the light in buildings particularly old industrial spaces, brutalist architecture and artificial landscapes. These structure with their blackened windows and dark corners even in daylight these mills or monstrosities of our industrial past appear dark and subdued.

As we spend time in dark spaces, our eyes become accustomed to the light or lack thereof and these buildings start to reveal their past and present states, crumbling walls, decaying floors, parts of fallen ceilings, broken glass from window panes and leftovers from an industrial past. These spaces with their many pillars, form artificial forests and cast faint shadows that mark the shift in times of day or the direction of street lights.

MA. Fine Art, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, UCE, 1999
BA. Fine Art, UCLan, 1997

Teaching Activities

Module Leader, BA (Hons) Art & Design (Foundation Entry). Responsible for the delivery of the Fine Art, Illustration, Animation, Games Design & Photography Pathways

Professional Memberships

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)