During a career spanning nearly five decades, Kent artist A.M. Parkin was celebrated for his drawings, engravings and watercolours depicting daily life and nature in his home village of Kemsing. His first solo London exhibition at the Langton Gallery in Chelsea was sponsored by Graham Sutherland, while his work has since appeared at galleries including the Royal Academy and The Mall Galleries. His 1985 engraving of Quentin Crisp is held at London’s National Portrait Gallery.
Praise for A.M. Parkin includes:
“Monty Parkin’s exquisite drawings suggest that pockets of Neo-Romantic landscape still survive.”
“It is a long time since I have seen a better drawing by any living artist than his ‘Otford Church’ and he can bring a kind of loving tenderness to rendering of a battered kitchen sink in what to most people would seem a sordid corner.”
“An excellent style of pencil and pen drawing, both for pure topographical drawings such as Otford or Kemsing Churches, as well as more exotic and dreamlike fantasies.”
“Exquisite, controlled draughtsmanship is the essence of his style.”
“When first I saw the work of A. M. Parkin six or seven years ago, I was struck at the outset by the fact that here was someone using his eyes acutely in his chosen field with obsessive attention.
“Any collector of prints…would do well to start a collection of these mysterious works – so full of understanding of quiet places”.
Read the obituary for A.M. Parkin featured on the Beckenham School of Art Website