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.
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.
|2010–11||PGCert in Teaching and Learning, University of The Arts, London|
|1987–88||MA in Painting, Chelsea School of Art and Design|
|1983–86||BA in Fine Art (1st class), Portsmouth Polytechnic|
|1981–83||Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, West Nottinghamshire College|
|2017||The Groucho Club collection, London|
|2009||Dover Street Arts Club, Mayfair, London|
|2008||Fidelity Financial corporate collection, London|
|2005||JP Morgan Cazenove private collection, London|
|2004||Neuberger & Berman collection, New York|
|2004||Lehman Brothers private collection, London|
|1998||Evans private collection, London|
|1997||Le Capitol la Defence private collection, Paris|
|1996||The Hilton Hotel Headquarters private collection, London|
|1990||Contemporary Arts Society public collection, London|
|1990||Arthur Anderson private collection, London|
|1989||Lord & Lady Milbank public collection, London|
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
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