Ti Parks 1939 – 2017
Painter, print maker, collagist, artist book maker, sculptor, installation and performance artist.
Ti studied painting and printmaking at Bromley College of Art in Kent and at the Slade School in London. Ti then exhibited with the Young Contemporaries, Artists International Association and the London Group.
Through 1964-1973 he lived in Melbourne. As an experimental artist Ti Parks had a major influence on the development of conceptual art in Australia, especially in Melbourne. In 1974 he was appointed Senior Visiting Lecturer at Elam School of Art in Auckland, New Zealand.
While in Australia and New Zealand, Ti exhibited regularly at Pinacotheca in Melbourne and Watters Gallery in Sydney. He also exhibited at Argus, Tolarno and Bonython Galleries and participated in the Mildura Sculpture Triennial and group and theme shows at National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery NSW, Ballarat, Shepparton, Geelong and Hobart Galleries.
In 1973 he represented Australia at the 8ieme Biennale de Paris where he showed a major photographic and collage work called “Polynesian 100″ which was exhibited again in 2002 in the Fieldwork Exhibition at Federation Square, Melbourne.
In 1975 Ti returned to the UK to live in London where he continued to innovate and pursue enduring themes. Ti presented a series of performances – ‘performontages’ as he called them – at the 2007 Venice Biennale 52nd International Exhibition of Art as an invited collaborator with Christian Capurro for the ‘off-site’ component of the work: Another Misspent Portrait of Etienne de Silhouette.
His works are included in the collections of the Tate Gallery, The Museum of Modern Art New York, National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery Victoria, Art Gallery NSW and other public and private collections.
‘I first met Ti in 2006 sharing an etching studio where he was producing stunning dry point and acquaint pieces. I recall one series he produced driving his car over the etching plate on his gravel drive in Blackheath. Inspirational!
‘Ti exhibited during the 2014 Sydenham Artists Trail showing work at The Montage Gallery in Forest Hill and recreated his Venice Biennale performontage “Duffle Coat”.’ Bruce Harrison 2019
Many images of Ti’s art can be viewed at The Charles Nodrum Gallery web site.