Craig Parkinson

Emerging Sydney artist Craig Parkinson started exhibiting in 2001 and has since featured in five solo exhibitions and numerous group shows in Sydney and Melbourne.

Craig's distinctive geometic abstractions are inspired by the landscape he encounters during frequent bushwalking and kayaking trips. His artwork records these interactions using abstraction as a means of creating a “landscape of perception” and colour, as a means of creating “light”. The effects colour has on perception and the possibilities that arise from different colour combinations are themes that are constantly explored in his work.

Among the many influences that inspire him, Craig cites the late ‘cut-out’ gouaches of Henri Matisse and the intense colour saturated abstractions of Patrick Heron, as the most influential.

Craig holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) degree from Monash University – where he majored in painting and studied under Andrew Sibley and Euan Heng. He also holds a Diploma of Arts (Fine Arts) from the National Art School in Sydney and a Diploma of Arts (Illustration) from NMIT in Melbourne.

In 2000 Craig was awarded the National Gallery of Victoria Trustee award and in 2011 he received a scholarship award from the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre in Sydney.