‘Inspiring’ Midland artist scoops studio award

Karen Parody with her award-winning artwork at Bewdley Museum. Photograph by Meg Hawkins

An experienced Midland artist has scooped a prestigious art award.

Bewdley-based design and décor artist Karen Parody, who specialises in abstract paintings for restaurants, offices and hotels, has won the ‘2012 Bewdley Open Studio Prize’ – an award which was part of an exhibition for the 2012 Worcestershire Arts Trail.

Miss Parody’s innovative ‘Oriental Mystery’ piece was chosen ahead of 28 other shortlisted entries at Bewdley Museum by renowned landscape painter, Robert Perry.

Miss Parody, who can count a middle-eastern Sheikh amongst her fans after spending nine years producing one-off pieces for palaces and famous five star hotels in Dubai, believes the award could help provide a springboard for ‘Art²’ – her business which she set up two years ago after returning to the UK. She also hopes it will encourage more young people to take up painting.

She said: “It’s a big honour for me to be given the award and to be recognised by someone so widely respected as Robert Perry.

“I am extremely passionate about my work and always look to push the boundaries with new ideas. These are designs I have been lucky enough to exhibit across the world but receiving a highly-regarded local arts award is something special.

“With the amount of intrigue the exhibition has created, I hope it will also boost interest in the bespoke services I can offer interior designers, property developers, restaurateurs and the general public across the Midlands. I am also passionate about inspiring the next generation of creative talent so the exhibition and my work can hopefully leave a legacy and get more young people interested in art.

“The award gives me an amazing springboard to showcase myself further to people across the West Midlands. Even though I spent an amazing nine years in Dubai, it’s an ambition of mine to become established across the region.”

Miss Parody studied fine art in the 1990s and went on to win commissions for London restaurants and famous hotels.

Black Country artist Robert Perry, a member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists and main judge for the awards, added: “The quality of artwork across the whole exhibition is outstanding but Karen’s abstract piece stands out as there is a very obvious control, softness and feeling of absolute calm and tranquillity throughout.

“I had never met Karen before the exhibition but she is very inspiring and passionate about her style. That is a crucial combination in her quest to become widely known and to inspire young people.”

Miss Parody’s award-winning 3D artwork, which is produced from fabric, inks, wire and handmade paper is also in the running for the ‘People’s Award’ – a title which is being voted on by people who visited the exhibition at Bewdley Museum.

People wishing to speak to Karen Parody about specially-commissioned artwork can telephone 07581 576201.

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