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GEMMA PARKER – ARTIST

Posted April 7th by Design Splat in Artists

Glorious girls in corsets, luxurious legs encased in nylon and sultry stories hinted at, Gemma likes to celebrate femininity and showmanship with humour and sensuality. Her models range from everyday women to the most flamboyant of burlesque characters, and in every instance Gemma hopes to capture a sense of their individual glamour and beauty in her art.

Enjoy!

– Interview


Hello and Welcome to Design Splat Gemma!

Now to get the readers started tell us a bit about what you do:

I’m a fine artist and I specialise in celebrating femininity. I have an ongoing fascination with theatrics and showmanship and this feeds into my work.

How did you get into Art?

It’s something I’ve always enjoyed, and has naturally progressed into what I do now.

How long have you been creating art?

Ever since I can remember I’ve been drawing. When I went to Uni I never really considered my work as art, I don’t know if that was lack of confidence or not really understanding what I was doing. When I realised I could focus on the things that interested me and excited me everything started to gel and I realised I was creating work that mattered.

What does art mean to you?

I’m someone who can be blown away by the layout of a magazine as much as a classical painting. I think art is where you see value in something. I am a firm believer that art can be fun and decorative as well as thought provoking or volatile.

Where do the images come from that you create?

My friends, music, history, infact anything I’m in contact with at the time. If something interests me I find out all I can from all angles like filling in a jigsaw, then ideas begin to build.

What is your inspiration for these images?

I find inspiration in glamour. I’m very interested in this aspect of femininity; the way glamour can play up a person’s qualities, or conceal them to create a completely different persona. Also glamour can be so many different things for different people. I’ve taken inspiration from bondage, tattoos and burlesque as well as vintage films and fashion. In every instance it is always my aim to celebrate the women I portray in a sympathetic and sensual way and tell their individual stories. I am a constant worshiper of femininity.

What media is your favourite to work with?

Most of my work is acrylic on canvas, but I have begun to experiment with watercolour and ink. In all my work I like to make definate statements and I think a good strong outline is an effective way of doing this. This also mirrors my thought process, I like people to be able to enjoy my work on face value then take the time to appreciate the finer details of concept or technique.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

To be more establised as an artist, successfully branched out into new vehicles that explore what I can do.

What drives you/gives you the ‘go’ to keep at it and do everything?

The fact that I’ve never wanted to do anything else with my life, and I know that without putting in the hard work I wouldn’t progress and develop or have the opportunites I’ve had so far.

What obstacles – if any, have you encountered along the way?

I think the biggest obsticle an artist can face is themselves. I know from experience I’ve had moments of severe doubt about my work, my abilites and where I should be at in my career. But on most of these occasions I’ve been pinning my expectations onto unrealistic ideals. You have to believe in yourself and what you are capable of, focus on the now and get on with it. It’s a great feeling to suprise yourself and acheive things you never thought possilbe.

Can you recall the first piece of art that you created that made you go WOW!?

I suppose it was when I finished my first painting. I’d never painted a proper picture until after I left University, and a friend recommended I give it try. It felt so natural I really took to it and when the piece was done I couldn’t stop looking at it, I was so pleased with myself!

What is the most memorable piece that you have done and why?

Possibly my Bon Bon’s series; a collection of paintings of peachy bottoms in exquisite underwear, just like sweeties wrapped in shiny paper. I had a lot of fun with that series and it pretty much began to sell as soon as it was exhibited! I think people enjoyed the cheeky humour.

Does fame attract you?

It’s always really nice to be recognised for what you do. Sometimes my work preceeds me and I’ll meet people for the first time who already know me for my art. The more people who see your work the better.

How do you rate yourself as an artist?

I’m always developing my styles and the way I put my ideas across. A few years ago I began to merge performance into my work, last year I started a collaborative project using installation. I find it hard to rate what I do because I feel differently about every project. If anything I think I’m dedicated to my subject matter and that helps me to be a good artist.

What makes a good artist?

Someone with a passion for what they do, an inquisitive mind and a certain amount of fearlesness

Three words to describe yourself?

Determined, creative and glamorous

Hobbies and other interests?

I love to dance and go belly dancing every week. I also performed as part of a burlesque act for the last three years. I love make up and dressing up and do so at every given opportunity!

Favourite artist?

Too many to name! At the moment I’m loving Ellen Von Unwerth the photographer, her work is sexy and sensual but never grotesque or offensive, just deliciously erotic.

Favourite piece you have created?

A few years ago I produced two paintings as a response to an utterly soul destroying job as a receptionist. Whilst working behind the reception desk I was inspired to curate a collective exhibition of work about the boring day jobs artists have to do in order to fund their art. My artistic input was the two portraits of myself and my collegue, also an artist. I turned our dull demoralising job into a kitsch fantasy where we were only too happy to answer the phone and help. Needless to say, neither of us are receptionists now! These two paintings remind me that even in the darkest hour you can find a light at the end of the tunnel.

Where can we buy your art?

People can buy my work or commission me by contacting me through my website, I also sell work on etsy.com!

Tools of the trade?

Paint, ink, paper, canvas and the internet

Any Tips and tricks you want to share with aspiring artists?

Be dedicated to what you love, have the abiltiy to question yourself and not be too precious about the things you create. Never sit on your laurels for too long and understand that you have to do things that dont always come naturally to succeed, it’s always give and take.

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Contact Info

Email: gemma-parker@hotmail.co.uk

Website: http://www.gemmaparker.co.uk

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/profile.php?id=735325229

Blog: http://www.gemma-parker.blogspot.com

Etsy: GlamourpussArt.etsy.com

Here are some of Gemma’s gorgeous pieces of art work!



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