Laura Parker's 'In Deep' Lights up Oxford Street to Support the NHS

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British scuba diving artist Laura Parker has said she is 'is absolutely delighted' to have her artwork 'In Deep' form part of a major campaign to support the British National Health Service (NHS) in central London.

Parker submitted her blue underwater painting to the 'Light it Blue' campaign from W1 Curates, a high-street art project which has taken over three floors of the Flannels department store on London's iconic Oxford Street, and used it to promote spectacular artistic displays during the Covid-19 lockdown.

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In Deep, by Laura Parker

'Laura painted this work during the first lockdown in 2020. She is an experienced scuba diver, and imagined escaping into the quiet underwater world.

In this painting she therefore takes us diving down, enjoying the sense of being cocooned by the ocean, and gazing up at the surface far above. She painted it as an antidote to the bleakness of lockdown, as she remembered serene moments experienced under the waves.

Using bold brushwork and cool colours, Laura creates the sensation of being underwater - far away from the challenges and seclusion caused by the pandemic, gazing upwards towards the light with hope which, when lit up over such a large expanse, is truly eyecatching and uplifting.' 


Parker's featured painting, 'In Deep' will 'turn Oxford Street into a giant Aquarium' from 8pm on Thursday evenings, and although she doesn't know for how long the artwork will be displayed, Parker 'hopes that it brings a quiet moment of hope to people walking by and looking up at the painting.'

To see more of Laura Parker’s art, both above and below the surface, visit

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