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I entered the École des Beaux Arts in Aix-en-Provence with the intention of obtaining a solid ‘métier’ in architectural draughtsmanship.  However the life drawing classes held far more appeal than technical drawing and it is perhaps no wonder that over the course of three years spent in this sun-drenched land of Cézanne that I gradually turned towards fine art. 

I have a bit of a journalistic inclination, and this is reflected in some of my paintings.  I seek connections to the world outside of my own immediate sphere. Time spent living in Japan and France and journeys within Europe, Asia and South Africa have been particularly inspirational. Since the Covid lockdown, surroundings closer to home have taken a greater place in my subject matter.

            

Whatever the initial motivation for a painting or drawing, however, the medium on the canvas or paper has to be cajoled and negotiated with and allowed to evolve and take on a life of its own beyond the initial intention. This is challenging and exciting in equal measure.

CV

MA Fine Art (Painting) – City & Guilds of London Art School

BA Fine Art (Painting) - Kingston University

BA French and Art History - Roehampton University   

Diplôme d’Ecole des Beaux Arts—Aix-en-Provence France

Exhibitions

2021 RSSW (Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour) - 141st Open Annual Exhibition (Edinburgh RSA Upper Galleries Edinburgh, December 11th – 27th 2021) 

2016 (April) 'Looking to the Stars' exhibition - The Brick Lane Gallery (curated by The Hornshaw Gallery www.thehornshawgallery.com)  

2015 Merton Arts Trail  with ‘Wild’ (Wimbledon Life Drawing Group)

2013 Merton Arts Trail (Sep 2013)—Open House                    

2011 Open Studio (Autumn) - Wimbledon Art Studios

2011 Merton Arts Trail (Oct 2011)—Open House                    

2011 Open Studio (Spring) - Wimbledon Art Studios

2010  Open Studio (Autumn) - Wimbledon Art Studios

2010 Cork Street Open Exhibition — shortlisted

2010 Open Studio (Spring) - Wimbledon Art Studios

2009  Open Studio (Autumn) - Wimbledon Art Studios

2009  Artists for Human Rights Exhibition— The Garden Hall, St Mary’s Church (Wimbledon)

2009 Guildford High School Charity Auction—Guildford High School

2009  Open Studio (Spring) - Wimbledon Art Studios

2008  Open Studio (Autumn) - Wimbledon Art Studios

2008 Kings College Charity Auction—Cotman Gallery, Kings College, Wimbledon

2008  Open Studio (Spring) - Wimbledon Art Studios

2007  Open Studio (Autumn) - Wimbledon Art Studios

2007  Open Studio (Spring) - Wimbledon Art Studios

2005  Christies Charity Auction with The Art Movement

2004  Islington Art & Design Fair (Autumn) - Candid Arts Trust

2004  Affordable Art Fair (Spring)  with Hicks Gallery 

2004  Islington Art & Design Fair (Spring) - Candid Arts Trust

2003 Thomas Eggar Solicitors (London) – group exhibition

2001 4Cast Ltd. London – One-man representation throughout offices

2001 Ashridge Young Artists’ Exhibition (Hemel Hempstead)

2000 Dearle & Henderson October Exhibition (London)

1999 FI Young Artists’ Exhibition (Hemel Hempstead)

1997 Ashridge Young Artists’ Exhibition (Hertfordshire)

1996 Connoisseur Gallery (London) – group exhibition

1995 The Cut Gallery (London) – group exhibition

1985 Park Gallery (London) – group exhibition

1984 RA (London) Summer Exhibition

            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dara Park - Fine Art Painter