Leigh Parry Sen. RBA MA PPPS Hon SEA Hon. PSC


It is with great sadness that we report the death of Leigh Parry. 

Leigh was born in London and having qualified in medicine he worked as a GP in Stamford at the time when Lord Exeter introduced the Horse Trials to Burghley. He was very much involved in offering medical cover during the first years of the event, which gave him ample opportunity for observation of equestrian activities, which became a prominent part of his artwork. In equestrian art Leigh Parry followed a family tradition which he traced back to his forbear Walter Parry Hodges(1760-1845) whose work was engraved by Henry Alken Senior for the Beaufort Hunt Prints in 1833. Leigh himself was commissioned by the British Horse Society to paint pictures of the Burghley Horse Trials, which have since been published as Limited Edition Prints

He was a Senior Member and Trustee of the Pastel Society UK and served as their President from 1983-1988. His talents and skills were also acknowledged by other societies. He was elected as a member of the RBA, where he served as Honorary Treasurer in 1993 and later becoming a Senior Member. Leigh first exhibited his work with the Royal Society of British Artists in 1953, at their original gallery in Suffolk Street, London, and his work was shown at other prestigious galleries at about that time or soon after. He was a member of the Society of Equestrian Artists and an Honorary Member of the Pastel Society of Canada. He also served on the Board of Governors of the Federation of British Artists at the Mall Galleries, from 1983-1986.

He worked in oils, watercolours and pastels and many of his works now hang in public and private collections worldwide.

Work by Leigh Parry is in the possession of such public bodies as the HSBC Bank plc, Singer and Friedlander Bank, Remy Martin, Lincolnshire Museums, Kesteven County Council, Essex County Council, Burghley House, Oundle School, Guys Hospital and the British Horse Society.

All in all he made a huge and much respected contribution to British Art and will be very much missed by those who knew him and by those who valued and admired his artistic output.

His daughters, Rosemary Swayne and Jane Parry have arranged a Thanksgiving Service for his life, which will be held on Monday 12 February 2018 at noon at St George’s Church, Stamford, PE9 2BN




Featured Artist

Jeannette Hayes
Hayes Jeannette Yesterday
' Yesterday '
by Jeannette Hayes


Jeannette Hayes PPS 

Biographical Details:

Born in Sweden 1962 Studied Foundation Studies at the Royal Berkshire College of Art B.A (Hons) Fine Art/ Painting at Kingston University
President and Publicity Secretary of THE PASTEL SOCIETY


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Artist's Statement:

Alive with a dynamic expressive energy the landscapes of Jeannette Hayes resonate with a liberated optimistic creativity.
In works that are constructed out of lines and blocks of evocative colour, abstract activity is finely balanced with landscape reference. A love of the exquisiteness and drama of the natural world conveys itself in the drawn marks, gestures and accents of colour. Colour plays a central role - titles often contain a colour: ‘Spring Green’, ‘Orange Mousa’, or ‘Blue Snowing’ - setting an ambient mood to the recording of her experience of a place. This gives the works a poetic quality that is in keeping with the way they were conceived.

Selected Exhibitions:

Dulwich Picture Gallery, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh The Discerning Eye, London Diorama Gallery Bartley Drey Gallery Chelsea Art Society The Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition Carlyle Gallery The Gallery, Mayfair Pond Galleries ART LONDON The Arts Club, Dover Street The Bedale Gallery Galerie Aaders, La Garde Freinet, France Manor House Gallery Hampshire Art Fair Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate Beverley Knowles Fine Art, London The Salt House Gallery, St Ives St David’s Hall, Cardiff Piers Feetham Gallery Alresford Gallery Linda Blackstone Gallery Southampton City Art Gallery Frost and Reed, London Royal Academy of Arts (Summer Exhibition) Gallery LeFort, Bath Martin’s Gallery, Cheltenham Artwave West, Dorset Lion Street Gallery, Hay on Wye The Pastel Society Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

Selected Awards and Prizes:

Adam & Company/ Spectator Art Prize, Edinburgh 1992 Unison Pastel Materials Award, Pastel Society 2000, 2002 The Arts Club Award, Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2004, 2010 The Debra Manifold Memorial Award, Pastel Society 2005, 2008 Ages Reeve Memorial – Chelsea Art Society 2005 The Henri Roche Pastel Award, Pastel Society 2012 The Derwent Award, Pastel society 2014



Images Shown on Welcome Page (Detail  only):

'The Avenue'
'Orange Hill'
'Orange Walk'
'Red Sun'
'Spring Hedge'
'Blue Hills'


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