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. In 2023 Parker was commissioned by the UK Government Art Collection to create works in response to Coronation of King Charles III.
Cristea Roberts Gallery has been publishing Parker's editions since 2008.
Cornelia Parker lives and works in London.
Cornelia Parker: Through a Glass Darkly Exhibition Film
Cornelia Parker in conversation with Jonathan Watkins
News, Events and Museum Exhibitions
Cornelia Parker unveils new film for 'Dear Earth' at Hayward Gallery
Cornelia Parker in 'To Be Free: Art and Liberty'
Exhibition: 'Traces of Displacement' at The Whitworth
Cornelia Parker features in group show exploring erosion and climate change
Cornelia Parker at Tate Britain
Fragile: Everything made of glass!
Cornelia Parker's first major exhibition in Australia
Cornelia Parker at the Manif d'Art, The Quebec City Biennial
Cornelia Parker at Turner Contemporary
Cornelia Parker: Transitional Object (PsychoBarn)
Cornelia Parker touring print exhibition
Interview: Cornelia Parker on art and the environment
Review: 'Dear Earth' at Hayward Gallery
Interview: The Strange, Still World of Cornelia Parker
Review: “A near-perfect show of a truly great artist.”
Interview: Cornelia Parker’s art of drones, dark matter and detonations
Cornelia Parker: The Great Women Artists Podcast
Interview: A politically charged artist whose work can be literally explosive
Cornelia Parker: Ethereal Still Life
Cornelia Parker: A poetic artist for the quantum age
Making a Mark with Cornelia Parker
Cornelia Parker: One of Britain's best loved and most acclaimed contemporary artists on printmaking
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