Selma Parlour British, b. 1976

Selma Parlour (b. 1976, South Africa, British) obtained her PhD in Art from Goldsmiths, University of London (2008-14). Parlour makes meticulously rendered oil paintings that appear as though they're drawn, dyed, or printed. The artist's invented coda to historic abstract painting and minimalism reassesses in/extrinsic conventions from a contemporary perspective. Parlour is known for her units of luminous colour, her shaded bands, diagrammatic space, and haptic surfaces, and her abstract-paintings-of-photography's-installation-shot-of-abstract-painting. Awards include an Arts Council England Creative Development Award (2020), the 'Mark Rothko Memorial Trust Artist-in-Residence Award' (2018), the 'Sunny Dupree Family Award for a Woman Artist', the Summer Exhibition, the Royal Academy of Arts, London (2017), and the prestigious John Moores Painting Prize (2016, prizewinner). Her works have been exhibited worldwide at Pi Artworks, London (2018, 2019), and Istanbul (2020), the Saatchi Gallery, London (2018), MOT International, London, (2012), Horton Gallery, New York (2012), and Bloomberg New Contemporaries at ICA, London (2011) among others. Her work is featured in major publications such as 100 Painters of Tomorrow (Thames and Hudson, 2014).