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78 ARTIST PROFILE Michelle Parsons

Lobster Blue, 2016, oil on canvas, 120 x 100 cm

Lobster Orange and Blue, 2017, oil on canvas, 120 x 100 cm

Michelle Parsons


rganic forms, fish and lobsters are Michelle Parsons' primary subjects and source of inspiration for her works, which are painted from life.

With her crustacean protagonists often depicted as close ups, composition is a key element to the artworks as she creates a sense of depth through blurred backgrounds and loose brushstrokes; contrasting this with sharp details and tighter representational mark-making to create an abstracted expressive surface based on space, light, colour and texture. Although indeed painted from life, the artist’s use of vivid pigments and

suggestive brushstrokes heightens the form from a realistic portrayal; resulting in works that are a celebration of colour and expression. Based in Essex where she also teaches organic art workshops, Parsons creates commissions alongside her personal work.

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