Anthony J. Parké is a UK based artist. He trained in fine art at Kingston Polytechnic in the early 90s, before finalising his studies in philosophy. He has been a practicing artist for over 20 years, exhibiting in some of the most prominent galleries in the UK. He has work held in private collections across the UK, as well as international collectors in Russia, America, Canada, Israel, and Europe.
His broad oeuvre circumnavigates many subjects, with his current series focusing on the process of transformation. Be it the transformation of the human body or the human spirit, Parkes' work explores the process from pre-transformative to post-transformative stages; the act of owning the process of creation. Both spiritual in nature, and provocative at times, Parke explores what it means to be changing humans.
His most recent paintings are profoundly underpinned by a psychological arena filled with a rich symbolism, stimulated by a complex and unusual childhood environment which provoked the subject of transformation. The backstory to these early years left an indelible mark on him, which provided him with a rich tapestry to explore and create works peculiarly unique and connected to him.
The eminent British art historian and critic, Edward Lucie-Smith, wrote in his foreword to a book on Parké, entitled Into the Glass, that: "In his paintings there is an element not just of the hyperrealist, but also of the surrealist. They are visionary art - humbler cousins of compositions such as Salvador Dali’s famous Christ of St John of the Cross." He is also one of a handful of artists to have painted the art historian's portrait. Edward Lucie-Smith also interviewed him in 2016 for a short film on Parke’s work.
He was the recent recipient of The Gold Bowl Memorial 'Honourable Mention' by the Royal Society of Miniature Portrait Painters, where his work was singled out by a Victoria & Albert Museum specialist. He has work held in the private collection of Gabriel Tolkwsky, one of the worlds foremost diamond cutters, who was master cutter for the famous Centenary Diamond, as well as works in the collection of Kathryn Roberts, renound director of Cork Street Gallery Open.
Alongside running a full-time art practice, he regularly writes critical text for art magazines.