Award Holders 2022/23

Selma Parlour

Abbey Fellow 2022/23

My meticulous oil paintings appear as though they're drawn, dyed, or printed. Alongside my delicately-shaded bands and pencil-thin (oil-made) lines, colour is a veil (ot a skin) ensuring that every decision is evident. I’m known for my units of luminous colour, diagrammatic space, and haptic surfaces.

Whilst in Rome I’ll explore the pictorial and architectural divisions of space characteristic of the frescoes of Fra Angelico, Filippino Lippi (Carafa Chapel), and Pinturicchio (Santa Maria in Aracoeli), and forebearers Pietro Cavallini (Santa Cecilia), and Masolino da Panicale (The Branda Chapel).

My process will generate a substantial body of reflexive location-led paintings investigating colour, trompe l'oeil illusion, architecture, and multistable perception.


Double Negative II, Oil on linen


Eftsoons XI, Oil on linen