(b. 1947, Melbourne, Australia)
Ian Parry’s meditative depictions of Tasmanian seascapes glow with a serene intensity. Parry relocated from Melbourne, where he occupied a well-respected position in the art scene, to coastal Tasmania seven years ago, furthering his lifelong commitment to capturing the boundlessness of the ocean. A commitment proclaimed by the strength of the recent paintings by this enigmatic senior artist. Ian Parry’s subject remains the sea and the horizon. Often this is married with the simplified forms of natural and man-made objects, such as hulls of abandoned ships, lone trees and other detritus of the coast. Parry’s work hums with the vibration that colour can create when used to its best effect. Each colour harmonises to give the work a rich presence, one that is achieved slowly through many glazes and creative scumbles of paint. Parry has exhibited widely in Tasmania, Melbourne and regional Victoria. His works are represented in major public and private collections in Australia and overseas, including the Australian National Gallery, Canberra.