SIMON PARKES PAINTINGS FOR SALE & BIOGRAPHY
British, born 1954
Simon Parkes was born in Crowthorne, England and grew up in Wellington College where his father was a teacher. He opened an art conservation studio in New York in 1980 which he maintains to this day. Parkes began painting in the early 1990s and has had frequent exhibitions at W.M. Brady & Co. in New York, in addition to shows in Long Island and Palm Beach. In addition to his favorite subjects of Long Island and New England, Parkes has painted in Europe, North Africa, the Caribbean and Central America. The artist lives in New York City, East Hampton, and Swan's Island, Maine.
Angus Wilkie, in his 2005 monograph on the artist, observes that paintings by Simon Parkes "encourage recollection and enable one to observe the honest character of landscape in a fresh light. Hinting at the ineffable, the artist draws one to feel, as if for the first time, the precarious nature of rickety stilts impaling fragile dunes, to discern subtle hues manifested in a monochrome cloud creation, or to hear the weary, wet whisper of wooden harbor pilings groaning in the mist. Arousing memories of lolling summer hours that enhance the whole of life, his plein air landscapes welcome a dialogue with the natural world and beckon a swift return to familiar haunts" (Angus Wilkie, Summer Places: Easter Long Island and New England, ew York, 2005, p. 18).