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Gabriel Parker's Art Work exhibited at the Turner Contemporary

27th March 2013

The art work of Gabriel Parker who is currently studying his GCSE art at The Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School Federation has been chosen to be exhibited at the Turner Contemporary over the next few weeks.

His work will be part of an exhibition which will show award winning pieces from the John Downton Awards which was held in November.  The John Downton Awards is an annual exhibition held at County Hall Maidstone, which showcases the best art from schools in Kent and has entries from hundreds of student from across the county.  This year the award winning work will be shown at the Turner Contemporary and will give members of the public from East Kent the opportunity to see the talent that the young artists of the county have.   

Gabriel was awarded the second place prize for the under 17 category for his ‘Girl with a Hoop Earring’ Painting which he had painted as part of his GCSE coursework.  Gabriel was the only student from Thanet to win an award and is delighted to see his work exhibited near to where he lives in such a prestigious venue.

 “I wanted to express an Old Master’s work in a contemporary context and researched Duchamp, the Chapman Brothers and Banksy. I felt that ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ by Vermeer epitomized the submissive, almost timeless innocence of a girl of its time. I updated this by painting an image of a contemporary young girl in a similar pose, with loose brushstrokes and an almost confrontational stare to reflect mainstream opinions about young women today”.

Gabriel’s work, along with other award winning pieces will be on display at the Turner Contemporary from 26th March until 14th April.

To see more about the work and other CCGS entries to the John Downton Awards go to:


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