Michael Parker explains the story that inspired him to paint his unique boat series.
I wanted my painting to be unique- something that would stand out in the exhibition.
I took a walk for inspiration to Pompi’s Boats- a boat builder specialising in wooden boats not far from my studio, and I was immediately taken with the beautiful textures of the old boats in the yard.
It was here that my idea was born to recreate the side of the boat using recycled timber as my canvas, along with copper and patches of metal.
Thus, each timber plank is first prepared and then hand-nailed to a wooden frame to create the panels of a wooden boat.
The boats are then painted from photos that I have taken, and continue to take whilst on my travels.
I use acrylics oils and copper as my mediums.
I hope that you enjoy the boat paintings.” Michael Parker
Michael Parker will be exhibiting at Red Hill Gallery 61 Musgrave Road, Red Hill from April 10th until April 30th alongside two other prominent male artist Warren Salter and Dan Mason in the exhibition “All Afloat”.