Roy Parkinson: 6 interesting facts

By Gwylym Owen

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Roy Philip Parkinson (3 June 1901 – 9 May 1945) was an Australian artist, known for his watercolour paintings. His works are collected in a number of Australian galleries.

Roy Parkinson was born in Brisbane, Queensland on 3 June 1901 to parents Cyril Parkinson and his wife Jane Silcock. He studied at Brisbane State High School and far along studied art at the Brisbane Central Technical College under F. J. Martyn Roberts. He with took lessons from William Bustard and Hubert Jarvis.

Parkinson exhibited his enactment in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne and travelled to Victoria to take in alternative subjects for his paintings. At an exhibition in 1930, 49 of his works were sold, a sticker album for sales at a private exhibition at that point. One of his works was submitted to the Coronation Exhibition in London in 1937, along with further significant Queensland artists of the period, including Vida Lahey. He was President of the Royal Queensland Art Society in 1934.

Parkinson taught art and was an art critic for the local newspapers. He applied to be a proceedings artist during World War II. The book Praise cartoon and practise art, which was published posthumously in 1946 represented a store of the transcripts of some of his radio interviews upon various topics.

Parkinson married Gladys Ann Canning in 1928. He died 9 May 1945, after problem from sick health and was survived by his wife. His art is collected in the Art Gallery of South Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Art Gallery and Castlemaine Gallery.

His papers including photographs of some of his bill are held in the Fryer Library of The University of Queensland.

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