Carol Stewart

Carol M. Stewart – Artist Talk

“Carol Stewart: Poetry of Light and Color” – THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH ARTS&LIFE SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2014
Carol Stewart – City Scene Magazine – Sept-Oct 2014


Carol Stewart was born in Ontario, Canada in 1959.  She obtained a B.F.A. from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in 1981, and finished her M.F.A. in painting at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri in 2010. For more than 30 years, Carol has rendered still life and gardens from London, UK, Vancouver, British Columbia, St Louis, Missouri and now Columbus Ohio.

Carol’s still life and tablescape paintings are characterized by a sophisticated play of color and light. When closely studied, her pieces convey a network of patterning and mark making that creates texture and energy.  Stewart is inspired by flowers, plant life, and objects ranging from glass vases to fruit.  The series of Chinese lantern paintings was inspired by a trip to San Francisco. Whether the stage is set up in her studio or painted directly from nature, Stewart’s painting succeeds both at close range and from a distance. The viewer is invited into the scene: an explosive field of color. As one’s gaze is anchored on the piece, a unified composition emerges while, at the same time, specific elements stand out. Subsequently, depth is established, objects are weighted through their shadows, and subtle balance is expressed through reflections of light that dance across the surface.  “I am interested in the abstract elements of the art work as much as the subject matter.  My still life paintings are not still.  I feel that my paintings are lasting over time and invite repeated exploration.”

Carol’s works can be found in private and corporate collections in Canada, the United States and Europe.


Master of Fine Arts, Fontbonne University, St. Louis, Missouri, 2010
Master of Arts, Fontbonne University, St. Louis, Missouri 2004
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada 1981

Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award

Solo Exhibitions:

2014     Sherry Leedy Gallery, Kansas City
2014     Hammond Harkins Galleries, Columbus, Ohio
2013     William and Florence Schmidt Art Center, Belleville, Illinois
2011     Sherry Leedy Gallery, Kansas City
2011     Gallery KH, Chicago
2011     Cinema Gallery, Urbana, Illinois
2010     Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis
2008     Loch Gallery, Toronto
2007     Bonsack Gallery, St. Louis
2007     Fleishman Hilliard, St. Louis
2006     Loch Gallery, Toronto
2004     Loch Gallery, Toronto
2004     The Ethical Society of St. Louis
2003     University City Library (juried), St. Louis
2003     Loch Gallery (formerly Nancy Poole’s Studio)
2001     Peter Bartlow Gallery, Chicago
2000     Nancy Poole’s Studio, Toronto
1998     Nancy Poole’s Studio, Toronto
1997     John Ramsay Contemporary Art, Vancouver, BC
1996     John Ramsay Contemporary Art, Vancouver, BC
1994     Nancy Poole’s Studio, Toronto
1994     John Ramsay Contemporary Art, Vancouver, BC
1992     Nancy Poole’s Studio, Toronto
1991     The Brock Street Gallery, Kingston, Ontario
1991     Nancy Poole’s Studio, Toronto
1989     Nancy Poole’s Studio, Toronto
1988     Nancy Poole’s Studio, Toronto
1987     The Brock Street Gallery, Kingston, Ontario
1986     Nancy Poole’s Studio, Toronto
1985     Nancy Poole’s Studio, Toronto
1984     Gustafsson Galleries, Brampton, Ontario
1983     The Brock Street Gallery, Kingston


Group Exhibitions:

2014    Loch Gallery, Flora, Toronto, Ontario
2014    The Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts, Frankfort, MI
2013    Small and Wonderful, Hammond Harkins Galleries, Columbus, Ohio
2013    77th National Midyear Exhibition, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio
2013    Still, Blue – Zeuxis (an Association of Still Life Artists) Traveling Exhibition
2013    Best of the Contemporaries, Loch Gallery
2013    Small and Wonderful, Hammond Harkins Galleries, Columbus, Ohio
2012    Mark Gallery, Englewood, New Jersey
2010    Toronto International Art Fair (Loch Gallery)
2010    Affordable Art Fair, New York (with Gallery KH)
2010    Gallery Artists, Gallery KH, Chicago
2009    Contemporary Women Artists, Loch Gallery, Calgary
2009    Art Saint Louis Honors Awards
2009    Still Life Painting, Gallery KH, Chicago
2009    St. Louis Painters, Cinema Gallery, Urbana, Illinois
2008    Patterns and Pixels, Art Saint Louis, Award of Excellence
2008    Toronto International Art Fair (Loch Gallery)
2008    The Best of the Contemporaries, Loch Gallery
2008    Tribute, Gallery KH, Chicago
2007    Toronto International Art Fair (Loch Gallery)
2007    The Best of the Contemporaries, Loch Gallery
2006    Toronto International Art Fair
2006    Mary Bell Galleries, Chicago
2005    to present, Regional Arts Commission, St. Louis. Missouri
2004    The Exhibition, Art Saint Louis, juried by Chakia Booker
1988     “Britain’s Painters ’88”, juried, The Mall Galleries,    London, UK
1985     International Works on Paper, London Regional Gallery, London, Ontario
Selected Collections

Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, Missouri
Hilton Collection
Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri
Canaccord Capital Corportation Corporate Collection
Delta Hotels, Toronto, Ontario
Dupont Canada Inc. Corporate Collection
Glaxo Canada Inc. Corporate Collection
Physicians and Surgeons Institute Foundation, Toronto, Ontario
Richardson Partners Financial, Canada
Ontario Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation, Kingston
School of Management, University of Toronto
Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri

Artist Statement

I have felt compelled to paint nearly every day for more than 30 years.  My studio is a source of constant inspiration: full of light, color and pattern.

Still life subject matter is the major vehicle for expression.  I spend a great deal of time composing a still life and then work directly from the subject.  My passion is making rich and complex oil paintings through color, light, line and texture.  It is important to me that the surface of the painting is rich and complex.  I use thin washes, opaque layers, transparent glazes, and pastel and charcoal mark making on 300 lb water color paper to achieve this.

My painting is the result of the combination of steady work, motivation to create and inspiration.  Experience has taught me how to get to that place where the magic of a really good painting happens.