Biography  /

Ian Parker was born in Wolverhampton and lived in England, Guyana and Nigeria as a child. Educated at Wimbledon School of Art, Kingston Polytechnic and the Royal Academy Schools, on graduating he undertook fellowships and residencies at Cardiff Institute of Higher Education and Newcastle Polytechnic. Primarily a painter, his work references the vocabulary inherited  from 20th century abstraction within an expanded notion of the nature and practice of painting. He has exhibited regularly since 1977 at venues including the Hayward Gallery; Camden Arts Centre; Guildhall Art Gallery, London; Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff; Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh and Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam. More recent exhibitions include: Brute, ARTHOUSE1, London; Supporting Material, Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury; Sussex Open, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne; Blender, The Cello Factory, London. Wells Art Contemporary, Wells Cathedral, Somerset. August / September 2021.He was elected a member of the London Group in 1998. He held full and part-time academic posts from 1980 until retiring as Head of School, School of Fine Art, UCA in 2015. He currently works part-time as a Senior Moderator for the University of the Arts (UAL) Awarding Body.



“Wish You/We Were Here/There” in Liechtenstein + The London Group at the Küefer Martis Huus, Liechtenstein 2021 & BOOKARTBOOKSHOP, London 2022

Winter Group Show, Linden Hall Studio, Deal, Kent December 2021- January 2022


Coming Up for Air. St John’s Church Gardens, Waterloo, London. June 201

Edge to Edge. The Cello Factory, London. July 2021. (curated by Robert Dunt and Alexander Hinks)

Wells Art Contemporary. Wells Cathedral, Somerset. August / September 2021

I DIDN’T LICK IT. The Bruton Museum / The Old Pharmacy / the Dovecote Gallery. Bruton, Somerset. July – September 2021

In Plain Sight: The London Group & Thelma Hulbert and her London Group Friends. Thelma Hulbert Gallery. Honiton, Devon August – October 2021. (Curated by Tim Craven and Judith Jones)


May – September (online) Wish You/We were Here/There An online/offline exhibition of London Group Members Curated by Sumi Perera.

My Favourite Work An online exhibition of London Group Members Curated by Moich Abrahams.

ISOLATION An online exhibition of London Group Members reacting to the current social and world climate.

BLENDER, The Cello Factory, London (with Bryan Benge and Srin Surti), January 2020


The London Group 84th Open (Part 1), The Cello Factory, London 

LG@KCC, Kensington and Chelsea College, London

IN THE DARK, The Cello Factory, London SE18TJ, 17, 18 & 19 January 2019, 2 – 6pm daily. An experimental show by The London Group, the Computer Arts Society and the Lumen Prize


The London Group Christmas Exhibition, The Cello Factory, London, December 2018

The London Group at St IvesThe Penwith Gallery, Back Road West, St Ives, Cornwall
September 2018

Sussex Open at Towner 2018, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, July – September

Down from London – The London Group at Linden Hall Studio. Deal, Kent. 4 – 25 February.


The London Group Open 2017 (Part 2), The Cello Factory, London, 22 Nov – 1 Dec

Supporting Material (With Amanda Loomes), Herbert Read Gallery, UCA Canterbury, Kent. 11 September – 7 October 2017

The Mesh, Watermans Arts Centre, London. Exhibition open 17 March – 21 May 2017, Daily 10am – 9pm


Personal Relations (Curated by hARTslane). The Cello Factory, London, 6 – 16 December 2016. Pulchri Studio, The Hague, 25 February – 29 March 2017. Mirror Gallery, Vicenza, Italy, 29 April – 4 June 2017

The London Group Annual Exhibition, The Cello Factory, London

‘The deaf canvas listens’, Kensington and Chelsea College, London


The London Group Open, Part 2
BRUTE, ARTHOUSE1, London (with Srinivas Surti)


From David Bomberg to Paula Rego: The London Group in Southampton, Southampton City Art Gallery


+100 The London Group Today, The Cello Factory, London
The London Group Centenary Open (Part 2), The Cello Factory, London
The London Group at 100, Mottisfont Abbey, Hampshire, (Co curator)
The London Group Centenary Exhibition, Pitzhanger Manor, PM Gallery, London


‘On My Behalf’, The Cumberland Hotel, Great Cumberland Place, London, (Co-curator)
400 Women at Sugar City, Haarlemmerstraatweg, Halweg, Holland
Territories & Boundaries, Kensington and Chelsea College, London


London Group Open Exhibition, Part 2, The Cello Factory, London
400 Women, Canongate Venture, New Street, Edinburgh


400 Women, Shoreditch Town Hall Basement, London
London Metropolitan University Library Gallery Space, Sir John Cass Department of Art Media and Design

‘13’ Group Exhibition, Chapel Row Gallery, Bath
The London Group Annual, The Cello Factory, London
reworthit! publication, (Supported by Edinburgh College of Art)
Inspiration, Kensington and Chelsea College, London


drawing: act and artefact, The Morley Gallery, London
London Group Open, Part 1, Menier Gallery, London


Through the Lens, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
Small works, Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution, London
The London Group, Mauger Modern Art, Bath
Deutsche Bank 2, London


Collective Response, Guildhall Art Gallery, London
London Group, Open Exhibition Part 1, Menier Gallery, London
Bridge Art Fair, Trafalgar Square, London
Wave Exhibition 2007, Ewha Womans University Art Centre, Seoul, Korea


Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam
The London Group, Bankside Gallery, London
W.A.V.E 2006, Camberwell College of Arts & Ewha Womans University Art Centre, Seoul, Korea
The Sassoon Gallery, London


The London Group, Bankside Gallery, London


The Walk Gallery, London
Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution, London
Menier Gallery, London


Woodlands Art Gallery, London
The London Group 90th Anniversary Exhibition, Cork Street, London
Works on Paper, Cafe Gallery, London


Hinterland, Surrey Institute of Art & Design, James Hockey Gallery, Farnham

Selected earlier exhibitions:

Barbican Centre Conference Suites, London
TRANSIENT, University of Brighton Gallery
‘Off the Peg, Off the Wall’. RACK Gallery, London
Camden Annual, Camden Arts Centre, London
Battersea Arts Centre, London
Newcastle Polytechnic Gallery, Newcastle
Oriel Gallery, Cardiff
British Drawing, Hayward Gallery, London & Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
New Contemporaries, RA, London


Wimbledon School of Art
Kingston Polytechnic
Royal Academy Schools


BA (Hons) 1st Fine Art
Royal Academy Schools Postgraduate Certificate

Academic Career

Various academic part-time and full posts held since 1980
(Retired as Head of School, School of Fine Art, UCA, September 2015)
Current: Senior External Moderator, University of the Arts London Awarding Body

Fellowships and residencies

Junior Fellow, Cardiff Institute of Higher Education
Painter in Residence, Newcastle Polytechnic


Arts Council grants

Works held in various private and public collections