Artist statement

Caroline List’s work on first viewing seem to reference the tradition of romantic sublime landscape painting but not exclusively within the epic romantic tradition. These contemporary works explore formal juxtapositions of colour, space and light with reference to natural phenomena and sublime space. The materiality of surface and colour set up a spatial language, a visual tension between flatness, illusion and chromatic value. Colour gradients suggest light phenomena and atmospheric space, seen in contrast to flatness and blackness. Space is explored through the push and pull of the picture plane. Sprayed veils of paint are juxtaposed next to clean edges and formal shapes creating visual horizons.

The Tondo light boxes combine painting with the illusory space of photography, these mixed media works play with the virtual space of painting, the copy /reproduction and simulation of space. Through painting, print, light and colour Caroline List fuses the montage of the photographic with the physicality of painting creating surreal views which are hinged between memory, observation and artifice.


Personal profile

Since graduating with an MA in Painting from Chelsea School of Art, Caroline has exhibited in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and China and also curated several successful exhibitions in the contemporary London art scene.

In 2007 she was nominated for the Brian Robertson painting prize and previously won the first prize in painting at the Royal Over-Seas League annual competition.

Her work has been purchased by a number of collections such as The Contemporary Arts Society, Neuberger and Berman New York, Fidelity Financial, Lehman Brothers, JP Morgan Cazenove, and the Groucho Club collection, as well as a number of private collectors.

She currently lives in the UK and has a studio in London.

Photo of Caroline List in her studio


2010–11PGCert in Teaching and Learning, University of The Arts, London
1987–88MA in Painting, Chelsea School of Art and Design
1983–86BA in Fine Art (1st class), Portsmouth Polytechnic
1981–83Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, West Nottinghamshire College


2017The Groucho Club collection, London
2009Dover Street Arts Club, Mayfair, London
2008Fidelity Financial corporate collection, London
2005JP Morgan Cazenove private collection, London
2004Neuberger & Berman collection, New York
2004Lehman Brothers private collection, London
1998Evans private collection, London
1997Le Capitol la Defence private collection, Paris
1996The Hilton Hotel Headquarters private collection, London
1990Contemporary Arts Society public collection, London
1990Arthur Anderson private collection, London
1989Lord & Lady Milbank public collection, London

Awards, scholarships & prizes


The Breathing Space bursary, Space Studios, London


Nominated for Bryan Robertson award in painting


Royal Over-Seas League awarded 1st prize in painting, in the annual international Commonwealth painting competition


Herbert Read Scholarship


East Midlands Arts, starter grant for emerging artists


Publications / reviews


Unnatural Selection review, FAD Website
Unnatural Selection review, Amelia's Magazine
Christie's catalogue – Lehman Brothers Auction, London


Silent Witnesses solo show review, Saatchi Gallery blog


Contemporary Magazine Issue 82, Chimera exhibition, critic, Richard Dyer


l'Espresso Magazine, Italy, article, Contemporary Artist In the East End London


The Spectator, ‘Smog’ Exhibition, commenting on 50 years on from the 1952 London Smog


Ditto Ditto solo show catalogue, foreword written by Richard Dyer: Sublime, Subliminal, Dicing With Doubles, sponsored by The London Institute, Chelsea School of Art


Dinosaurs' Blood ‘The Body of Painting’ catalogue, Richard Dyer: Art in Perpetuity Trust, London


New Generation catalogue Bonhams


Chelsea MA show Caroline List reviewed by Sarah Kent, Time Out magazine


Caroline List


Space Studios