Recent solo exhibitions


Light Chroma, Solo show, Angus-Hughes Gallery, Clapton, London.


Geoscapes, Solo show ARTHOUSE1 Bermondsey, London.


Personal profile

Caroline lives in the UK and has a studio in London.

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

Caroline’s work has been collected by a number of private collectors as well as corporate collections including The Contemporary Arts Society, Neuberger & Berman New York, Fidelity Financial, London, Lehman Brothers, and JP Morgan Cazenove. Her work is also exhibited in the Groucho Club in Soho, London, and is currently part of their contemporary collection.


Artist statement

Caroline List’s current paintings and light boxes explore paint materiality, light phenomena, colour and space. These surreal views into illusory space fuse colour and light with abstraction.

The Light Chroma paintings are informed by colour theory and illusionist space, suggesting visual horizons within abstraction and landscape phenomena. The works merge the illusory space of painting, light and colour with abstraction. juxtaposing tonal colour gradients and form with illusory space. Painters such as Barnett Newman, Jack Goldstein and Carlos Cruz Diaz, whose inquiry into the sublime and the illusory space of colour phenomena are of particular interest.

The Light Chroma series explores the sublimity of colour, setting 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 suggesting surreal illusory horizons.

Space and form is further explored in the Chroma Sphere 2019 series, through the push and pull of the picture plane, sprayed veils of paint are juxtaposed next to clean painted edges and formal shapes, creating layered compositions of floating opaque and transparent forms, these works play with the illusion of the picture plain and the tricks of painting, from the Renaissance tondi to tromp l’oeil, the framing conventions within painting genres have played with the notion and illusion of virtual window.

This exploration of illusion, colour and light is further explored in their illuminated counterparts. These LED light box works are digital reproductions of original painting encased in bespoke hand crafted light boxes. The circular tondo format compositionally is a configuration which has no beginning or end therefore the viewer can never fully complete the image unlike the traditional square or rectangle format.

These portal paintings are contemporary tondo’s which explore the phenomena of light and colour through abstraction, whilst the light boxes become their virtual photographic counterparts exploring the illusory space of reproduction. These illuminated portal worlds function as virtual photographic counterparts to the paintings, they reference the virtual screens of painting and reproduction, which is especially relevant in a time when art works are increasingly viewed through the lens and the virtual platforms such as Instagram and Artsy.



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


Refresh funding University of the Arts, Central Saint Martin’s School of Art & Design


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


Luxury art & design article,


Christie’s Auction Catalogue, Lehman Brothers

HA HA WHAT DOES THIS REPRESENT, Catalogue designed by Katrina Blannin

Game and Play: Intuition/anti-intuition at Lion and Lamb Gallery, Patterns That Connect


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