painting titled Misty Morn
Robert Parkin's signature

Artist in Residence

The Black Swan Hotel, Market Place, Helmsley, York, YO 62 5BJ

Robert Parkin will be exhibiting and working in the Black Swan Hotel, Helmsley, four times throughout 2009. The work will concentrate on wildlife and the landscape of the North York Moors and coastline. The exhibitions will host paintings and drawings as well as prints.

The Black Swan, Helmsley

Dates :

May 7th - 9th

July 9th - 11th

September 10th - 12th

November 12th - 14th

The exhibitions will be open from 10am to 5pm.

For more details please contact Robert Parkin or:

visit The Black Swan Hotel
Market Place
YO 62 5BJ

Tel: 01439 770 466

visit their website

or Chris at The Black Swan.

painting titled Barn Owl
‘Barn Owl’
30” x 17” (76cm x 43cm) on canvas
(private collection)

September / October 2009 - Perth, Western Australia

‘Art in the Forest’

Exhibition of Wildlife Paintings featuring Robert's work in Australia, Europe and North America. The exhibtion is in association with a conservation and environmental project in Western Australia. Final venues to be decided - updates about this exhibition can be found on this page in the coming months.

Past exhibitions

February 2009 : Wallsworth Hall, Twigworth, Gloucester

‘The Colour of Time’

Artist-in-Residence and exhibition of Landscape and Wildlife Paintings and Sculpture. Wallsworth Hall holds the National Collection of wildlife art.

October 2007 : Llangoed Hall, near Builth Wells

painting titled Home Before The Storm

‘Home Before the Storm’

60” x 36”
mixed media on canvas
(private collection)

My first one-man exhibition for fourteen years took place in the heart of the Wye valley just a few miles from the historic border town of Hay-On-Wye, at Llangoed Hall, the home of Sir Bernard Ashley. This beautiful house, renovated and restored to its former glory, houses a wonderful collection of artwork in its own right, which I am proud and delighted to be exhibiting alongside. Landscape and wildlife painting is the core of the exhibition: landscapes, peoples and wilderness from across Britain. A return to my roots in many ways, as much of the work features the landscape of my childhood, together with coastal work and the wild regions of Britain. For a long time I've held a preoccupation with our countryside prior to and during the Great War, between 1900 and 1918. The work of the Gloucestershire poets, much focusing on that time, I find an inspiration. The title for the exhibition is motivated by the poem ‘Cotswold Lad’ by Frank Mansell (1918-1979) :

The farm remains he laboured on
And cherished like a lover,
The land remains but he is gone,
The sunlit days are over.

There were a huge number of young men and women who left the land never to return from the horrific loss of the first world war. And the landscape that had been their home went with them, leaving only shadows and memories, together with the echo of old windmills, watermills and villages, many of which feature among the paintings and drawings.

sketch titled Country Church

‘Country Church’

I have tried to re-discover those lost landscapes in hidden corners all over Britain and northern France. From Normandy to Whitby on the north Yorkshire coast to the Scottish Highlands; in haunts such as Cromer in Norfolk, a boyhood memory of summer holidays, across East Anglia and on to Wales and its Celtic past. The exhibition is a celebration of what a friend once called the ‘dignity’ of the British landscape and its people, as well as a celebration of the wildlife that shares our island home.