Molly Parkin was born in Wales in 1932. She studied at Goldsmiths and Brighton art schools, and won a prestigious Rome Scholarship. Molly exhibited widely from the late 1950s to the mid 1960s.Work from the early 1960s is in the Tate Gallery collection. Molly began painting again in the 1980s and has continued to do so from her home in Chelsea.
Molly is also widely known and celebrated as a writer of novels, comic erotica and two autobiographies. Throughout her life, Molly has made numerous television appearances, starred in several films, and hosted her own BBC Radio show for three years. Documentaries have been made about her extraordinary life, and she has appeared on BBC Radio Four’s iconic Desert Island Discs.
In the world of fashion, Molly was fashion editor of Nova, Harpers & Queen and the Sunday Times, designed for BiBa, and even owned a restaurant with actor, Sir Terence Stamp.
In 2012, Molly was awarded the Queens Civil List Pension in recognition of a lifetime’s outstanding contribution to The Arts. Past recipients of this rarely given award include William Wordsworth and Augustus John.
Coastal Gallery is delighted to feature a small selection of Molly’s exuberant paintings in its collection.
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