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Plainsong: Study in Brown

Acrylic on canvas
580 x 480 mm
Signed and dated 2010, lower right
Framed

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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. 

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