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

Biography

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.

Education:

Master of Fine Arts, Fontbonne University, 2010
Master of Arts, Fontbonne University, 2004
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Queen’s University, 1981

Awards:
Ohio Arts Council Award of Excellence 2017
Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award 1988
 Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2017     Hammond Harkins Galleries, Columbus, Ohio
2016     Cinema Gallery, Urbana, Illinois

Ohio State University Faculty Club, Columbus, Ohio

2014     Hammond Harkins Galleries, Columbus, Ohio

Sherry Leedy Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri

2013     William and Florence Schmidt Art Center, Belleville, Illinois

2011     Sherry Leedy Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri

Gallery KH, Chicago, Illinois

Cinema Gallery, Urbana, Illinois
2010     Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri
2008     Loch Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2007     Bonsack Gallery, St. Louis
2006     Loch Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2004     Loch Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2017   
The Unstilllife – Windgate Art and Design, University of Arkansas, Fort Smith
81st  National Exhibition, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio
Columbus Open Studio and Stage Event (juried), Columbus Ohio 
2016    Small and Wonderful, Hammond Harkins Galleries, Columbus, Ohio
10th Annual OOVAR Exhibition (juried), Ohio Arts Council, Columbus Metropolitan Library
Columbus Open Studio and Stage Event (juried), Columbus Ohio

2015    Small and Wonderful, Hammond Harkins Galleries, Columbus, Ohio

Riffe Gallery, Ohio Arts Council, The Inaugural Juried Exhibition, Columbus, Ohio

The Ohio State Fair, Columbus, Ohio – 2 awards

79th National Exhibition, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio – 1 award

A Moveable Feast, Hammond Harkins Galleries, Columbus Ohio
Loch Gallery, Decoding the Still LIfe, Toronto, Ontario

2014    Small and Wonderful, Hammond Harkins Galleries, Columbus, Ohio

Loch Gallery, Flora, Toronto, Ontario

The Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts, Frankfort, MI

2013    Small and Wonderful, Hammond Harkins Galleries, Columbus, Ohio

77th National Exhibition, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio – 1 award

Still, Blue – Zeuxis (an Association of Still Life Artists) Traveling Exhibition, 4 cities

Best of the Contemporaries, Loch Gallery

2012    Small and Wonderful, Hammond Harkins Galleries, Columbus, Ohio

Mark Gallery, Englewood, New Jersey

2010    Toronto International Art Fair (Loch Gallery)
Affordable Art Fair, New York (Gallery KH)
Gallery Artists, Gallery KH, Chicago
2009    Contemporary Women Artists, Loch Gallery, Calgary
Art Saint Louis Honors Awards
Still Life Painting, Gallery KH, Chicago
St. Louis Painters, Cinema Gallery, Urbana, Illinois
2008    Patterns and Pixels, Art Saint Louis, Award of Excellence
Toronto International Art Fair, Loch Gallery
The Best of the Contemporaries, Loch Gallery
Tribute, Gallery KH, Chicago

Selected Collections:
Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri
Canaccord Financial Inc Corporate Collection, Canada
Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, Missouri
Delta Hotels, Toronto, Ontario
Dupont Canada Inc. Corporate Collection
Franklin County, The Hilton Downtown Collection, Columbus, Ohio
Glaxo Canada Inc. Corporate Collection
Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio
Physicians and Surgeons Institute Foundation, Toronto, Ontario
Richardson Partners Financial, Canada
Ontario Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation, Kingston, Ontario
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.

 

 
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