Cornelia Parker was born in Cheshire, England, in 1956. She studied at the Gloucestershire College of Art & Design and at Wolverhampton Polytechnic before receiving her MA in Fine Art from the University of Reading in 1982.
Parker's art is about destruction, resurrection and reconfiguration. Demonstrating the importance of process, she frequently transforms objects by using seemingly violent techniques such as shooting, exploding, squashing, cutting and burning. Through these actions she both physically alters the object and she herself becomes an active participant in the development of its story.
Her first major solo exhibition, Thirty Pieces of Silver, took place at the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham in 1988. Since then she has gone on to exhibit all over the world. Recent solo exhibitions include Tate Britain, London (2022); Cristea Roberts Gallery, London (2020); Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney (2019); The Palace of Westminster, London (2018); Hayward touring exhibition, UK (2018/19); Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2016); Whitworth Gallery, Manchester (2015); Terrace Wires Commission, St Pancras International Station, London (2015); British Library, London, touring to Whitworth Gallery, Manchester and Bodleian Library, Oxford (2015); Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2014).
Parker's work is held in numerous collections worldwide including Tate, London; British Council, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Fundacio La Caixa, Barcelona; Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Yale Center for British Art, Connecticut.
In 1997 she was shortlisted for the Turner Prize. In 2010 she was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts, London and appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. Parker was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to the Arts in the Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours List 2022. She was the UK's official Election Artist for the 2017 general election, making several artworks that are now housed in The Parliamentary Art Collection.
Cristea Roberts Gallery has been publishing Parker's editions since 2008.
Cornelia Parker lives and works in London.
Making a Mark with Cornelia Parker
Cornelia Parker: One of Britain's best loved and most acclaimed contemporary artists on printmaking
Cornelia Parker: Through a Glass Darkly Exhibition Film
Cornelia Parker in conversation with Jonathan Watkins
Exhibition: Breaking the Mould: Sculpture by Women Since 1945
Cornelia Parker at Tate Britain
Fragile: Everything made of glass!
The Strange, Still World of Cornelia Parker
London Original Print Fair
In the Press: “A near-perfect show of a truly great artist.”
In the Press: “A whirl of destructive energy that wears its political sentiments on its sleeve.”
In the Press: Cornelia Parker’s art of drones, dark matter and detonations
In the Press: A politically charged artist whose work can be literally explosive
Cornelia Parker: Ethereal Still Life
In the Press: A poetic artist for the quantum age
In the Press: Distorting our vision of reality
Cornelia Parker: The Great Women Artists Podcast
Exhibition: Pushing Paper
Cornelia Parker's first major exhibition in Australia
Cornelia Parker at the Quebec City Biennial at the Manif d’Art - The Quebec City Biennial
Cornelia Parker at Turner Contemporary
Cornelia Parker: Transitional Object (PsychoBarn)
Cornelia Parker touring print exhibition
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