ASHURST1I am very happy to announce that I have just been shortlisted for the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2015, organised by leading international law firm Ashurst and London-based Oaktree & Tiger Gallery.

Entry numbers were very high and a really diverse shortlist has been created – it’s great to be part of it! Out of more than 600 artworks entered by over 270 artists, the shortlist includes artists from Europe, South America, Iran, China, South Africa, North and Central America who are working across sculpture, digital, painting, photography etc.

All of the shortlisted artists will be exhibited at the Ashurst Emerging Artist Gallery between April and June this year before a winner is decided on. The winners will be announced in June 2015.

My shortlisted piece, Divide and conquer, is currently available to purchase through the prize.

Divide and conquer
Mixed media drawing on etching
29 x 42 cm (unframed)

BParker Divideconquer colour etching Ashurst web


‘Divide and conquer’ combines two maps or systems of categorisation. One displays the world in its entirety and how it should be correctly divided and the second, a butchers’ map, is the guide to how an animal should be correctly divided and named. Both display the human perception of dominance and its arrogance, the self-entitlement and the need to gain ownership of the world through naming or labelling.