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Plain Song – Winter

Oil on paper
1000 x 700 mm
Signed & dated ’06

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Parker’s gift lies in his use of colour, and in the balance he achieves within each painting. Alongside nature, music is the other source of inspiration and Parker’s paintings can bring to mind the interweaving of melody and harmony. The Plain Song series, for which he is best known, was begun in the late 1980s. The title alludes to the medieval Gregorian chant, and the shapes of the Canterbury and Marlborough ‘plains’ which provide inspiration and puns on the two-dimensional ‘planes’ of the Cubists and it conveys plainness as opposed to embroidery, exaggeration or busyness.