Leigh Parry Sen. RBA MA PPPS Hon SEA Hon. PSC


It is with great sadness that we report the death of Leigh Parry. 

Leigh was born in London and having qualified in medicine he worked as a GP in Stamford at the time when Lord Exeter introduced the Horse Trials to Burghley. He was very much involved in offering medical cover during the first years of the event, which gave him ample opportunity for observation of equestrian activities, which became a prominent part of his artwork. In equestrian art Leigh Parry followed a family tradition which he traced back to his forbear Walter Parry Hodges(1760-1845) whose work was engraved by Henry Alken Senior for the Beaufort Hunt Prints in 1833. Leigh himself was commissioned by the British Horse Society to paint pictures of the Burghley Horse Trials, which have since been published as Limited Edition Prints

He was a Senior Member and Trustee of the Pastel Society UK and served as their President from 1983-1988. His talents and skills were also acknowledged by other societies. He was elected as a member of the RBA, where he served as Honorary Treasurer in 1993 and later becoming a Senior Member. Leigh first exhibited his work with the Royal Society of British Artists in 1953, at their original gallery in Suffolk Street, London, and his work was shown at other prestigious galleries at about that time or soon after. He was a member of the Society of Equestrian Artists and an Honorary Member of the Pastel Society of Canada. He also served on the Board of Governors of the Federation of British Artists at the Mall Galleries, from 1983-1986.

He worked in oils, watercolours and pastels and many of his works now hang in public and private collections worldwide.

Work by Leigh Parry is in the possession of such public bodies as the HSBC Bank plc, Singer and Friedlander Bank, Remy Martin, Lincolnshire Museums, Kesteven County Council, Essex County Council, Burghley House, Oundle School, Guys Hospital and the British Horse Society.

All in all he made a huge and much respected contribution to British Art and will be very much missed by those who knew him and by those who valued and admired his artistic output.

His daughters, Rosemary Swayne and Jane Parry have arranged a Thanksgiving Service for his life, which will be held on Monday 12 February 2018 at noon at St George’s Church, Stamford, PE9 2BN




Featured Artist

Janine Baldwin
Textures of Snow at Scarborough Janine Baldwin sized
' Textures of Snow at Scarborough '
by Janine Baldwin


Janine Baldwin PS 

Biographical Details:

1998 - 2001
BA (Hons) Fine Art Degree
University of York, Scarborough Campus
(now affiliated with University of Hull)
1995 - 1997
GNVQ Advanced Art & Design
A-Level Art
Creative School of Arts, Scarborough


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Artist's Statement:

My work is the expression of a lifelong affinity with the landscape. I live on the North Yorkshire coast of the UK, and this location is a constant source of inspiration to my painting. My interest lies not in making a literal representation of nature but rather in celebrating the physical sensory experience of land and sea. As a result, the semi-abstract paintings are vibrant and energetic, combining gestural marks and the use of rich evocative colour.
Associations arise from the colours and lines - a fresh green may be reminiscent of new foliage in springtime, a round shape may recall pebbles smoothed by the waves. I use a gradual layering of paint to create my work, and oil sticks (oil paint in solid form) are often used to integrate drawing and painting. Recently drawing has been central to my work and I have used pastel, charcoal and graphite to explore mark-making. Influences include Abstract Expressionism (particularly Willem de Kooning), Joan Eardley, Cy Twombly and Cornish art.
I have exhibited extensively across the UK, including with the Royal Academy of Arts, the Society of Women Artists, and the Pastel Society UK, London. I am honoured to have won awards for my work such as The Arts Club Charitable Trust Award in 2014, the Haworth Prize in 2015, and the Unison Colour Young Artists Award in 2016, London. This year I am excited to have been elected a member of the prestigious Pastel Society, London. I have work in private collections across the UK and Europe, Africa, Mexico and the US.

Selected Exhibitions:

'Royal Academy Summer Exhibition', The Royal Academy of Arts, London
'The Haworth Prize' at the 'New English Art Club Annual Exhibition', Mall Galleries, London
'Pastel Society Annual Exhibition', Mall Galleries, London (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
Cambridge Art Fair 2016, represented by Watermark Gallery
'Painting: Light of the North', According to McGee, York
'A Woman's View', Blue Tree Gallery, York
'Society of Women Artists 150th Annual Exhibition', Mall Galleries, London
The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle
Cricket Fine Art, London
Cornwall Contemporary, Penzance, Cornwall
'Bath Society of Artists 100th Exhibition', Victoria Art Gallery, Bath

Awards, Prizes, Membership:

2017 - Elected a member of the Pastel Society, London
2017 - Highly Commended Work in Monochrome Prize from STABILO UK, Society of Graphic Fine Art 'DRAW17' Exhibition, Menier Gallery, London
2017 - The Picture Framing Workshop Prize, Kunsthuis Gallery, Crayke, York
2016 - The Unison Colour Young Artist Award, at the Pastel Society Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2015 - The Haworth Prize, at the New English Art Club Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2014 - The Arts Club Charitable Trust Award, at the Pastel Society Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2006 - Shortlisted for 'Art Scholarship for Rural & Landscape Artists', Royal Bath & West of England Society


Sir Alan and Lady Heather Ayckbourn
Private collections across the UK and Europe, Africa, Mexico and the US.

Go to https://www.janinebaldwin.com/ to view full CV and website

Details of the following images are shown on the banner:

' Frozen II '
' Silence '
' Soft Morning '
' Stormy Skies '


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