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|Ronald S. Parker B.Ed. (1942)|
A well known Canadian wildlife artist, painter, sculptor and printmaker, Ronald S. Parker (AKA: Ron Parker) was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia. He has also lived in Kimberley (Wasa), B.C. and Courtenay, B.C., and he’s travelled in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, the Rocky Mountains, Kenya and Costa Rica.
His mediums include oils, acrylics, watercolors, gouache*, serigraph*, bronze and limited edition prints. His most well-known works are realistic paintings of wildlife (primarily mammals and birds) in their habitat. However, his oeuvre includes portraits, figures, nudes, landscapes, shorelines, boats, social commentary, spirituality and allegory* all done in various styles such as Realism*, Impressionism*, Modernism* and Fauvism*. AskART images have some good illustrations of his work. (1)
After graduating from high school, Parker apprenticed in commercial art (1960) and later earned a Bachelor of Education degree (1976) from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver; but as an artist he is considered self taught. It is frequently noted that his inspiration to paint came after viewing an exhibition of bird paintings by James Fenwick Lansdowne (see AskART) in 1977. Parker became a professional artist in 1978.
His works were included in the “26th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists” at the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco (1986); in “The Art of Survival” at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto (1987 – 1988); and in “Birds in Art 1996: An International Exhibition” at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin and touring to the Dayton Museum of Natural History (now Boonshoft Museum of Discovery), Dayton, Ohio; Bell Museum of Natural History, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; and the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming (1996 – 1997). (2)
His works have also been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at numerous prominent galleries throughout North America such as Beckett Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario; Frameworks and Wildlife Gallery, Barneveld, New York; Germanton Gallery, Germanton, N.C.; Grasslands Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta; Harrison Galleries, Vancouver, B.C.; Pacific Wildlife Gallery, Lafayette, California; Peninsula Gallery, Sidney, B.C.; Rocky Mountain Gallery, Calgary, Alberta; The Avenue Gallery, Victoria, B.C.; and Webster Galleries, Calgary, Alberta.
In 1993, he was commissioned by the Royal Canadian Mint to design four platinum collector ‘Sea Otter’ coins which were subsequently issued in 1994.
(1) Parker is a member of the Canadian Institute of Portrait Artists (2001). Source: Ron Parker website.
(2) Parker’s works were included in at least two more “Birds in Art” exhibitions (1985 and 1986) and a “Wildlife in Art” exhibition (1987), all three were shown at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Source: The Art of Survival: Canadian Artists in Aid of Endangered Wildlife (1987), by Yorke Edwards (see AskART book references).
Canadian Coin Digest (2010), by George S. Cuhaj (see AskART book references)
Artists in their Studios: Where Art is Born (2007), by Robert Amos (see AskART book references)
The Collector's Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction (2001), by Anthony R. Westbridge and Diana L. Bodnar (see AskART book references)
Carmanah: Artistic Visions of an Ancient Rainforest (1989), by David Suzuki et al (see AskART book references)
The Art of Survival: Canadian Artists in Aid of Endangered Wildlife (1987), by Yorke Edwards (see AskART book references)
Ron Parker – interview by Dan Kahan, Shaw TV, Victoria, January 29, 2014
Canadian Heritage Information Network*
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
University of British Columbia Alumni Association (for degree and graduation year)
Ron Parker website
Harrison Galleries, Vancouver
Webster Galleries, Calgary
The Avenue Gallery, Victoria
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Written and contributed by M.D. Silverbrooke.
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