Current Exhibition


3 Generations

an exhibition by

Marie Parsons, Allyson Parsons and Henry Cockington

SALA 2017

Pikes are excited to exhibit these renown and talented South Australian artists during SALA this year.

Marie Parsons

Marie Parsons has always loved painting and drawing but didn’t start her painting career until 1994 following 13 years as an art teacher. Having studied painting and drawing with Robert Hannaford, Marie’s works strongly feature striking compositions and realistic use of colour. She likes to work with different mediums including oils, pastels, watercolours charcoal and pencil. Marie’s works have been exhibited frequently in South Australia and she is consistently well received.

Allyson Parsons

Allyson Parsons was born in rural South Australia in 1965.  She works full time in her studio near Port Vincent, SA.  Allyson has 2 sons, Henry 19 and Jack 15.

Allyson has had no formal training.  She has been guided by her mother Marie Parsons, herself an artist and former Art teacher.  Allyson has also been encouraged and assisted by David Dridan and the late Ainslie Roberts.  Andrew Wyeth, the internationally acclaimed American realist painter is Ally’s mentor.  He inspired her and the way she approaches her art, as have other Australian Impressionist painters.

Allyson won her first major Art prize at the age of eighteen.  Painting mostly oil on linen, as well as watercolour and pastel, her work reflects the rural landscape and feel of her time growing up in South Australia on the Yorke Peninsula, and also living for 18 years in the pastoral area of SA.
Her work consists of strong composition, simply organised with good colour and tonal relationships.  Allyson is an artist who produces work of considerable substance and intensity.

Born profoundly deaf as a result of rubella, she has overcome many challenges in her life.
Henry Cockington

I am an 19 year old emerging artist.  I am presently mentored with my Portrait painting career by Robert Hannaford, my Mother Allyson Parsons and my Grandmother Marie Parsons. My current awards are as follows

2016 – Finalist in the prestigious Fleurieu Art Prize

2015 – Finalist in the SACE School Art Prize
2015 – Commissioned by Prince Alfred College to paint two portraits of Gallipoli Veterans/Old Scholars of PAC
2015 – Commissioned by Prince Alfred College to paint the historic College buildings

2015 – Jack Da Vidis Art Prize, Prince Alfred College

2014 – Best in Exhibition, Clare Rotary Art Show – Junior Section

2014 – Jack Da Vidis Art Prize, Prince Alfred College