Adrian Parnell first studied at St Martin’s School of Art and at the Slade from 1970–77. He is an associate member of the Penwith Society and has work in the Tate Gallery’s collection at Kettles Yard, Cambridge.
Brought up in North Devon he has returned to the area where he continues to paint after a career spanning four decades. His subjects include the landscape and still life flower studies. Adrian’s paintings take him considerable time so whilst starting with the real subject before him, he uses photographs once the flowers have faded. The true concern in his work however is the play of light, texture and colour; how the material of paint is used to convey these appearances and create an atmosphere. The subject is overtaken in his exploration, as paint is layered on the surface. The apparent lightness of the finished work belies the time spent in its creation.