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.
My Current paintings are an inquiry into colour, light, form and illusory space, these paintings function as a series which inform each other creating an ongoing dialogue in ‘Chroma Sphere’, ‘Light Shift’, Light Chroma and ‘Chroma Scape’, which reference both Modernist abstraction and representational languages. Illusory space is explored through blended (oil gradient) colour shifts, form and light. This inquiry into colour and space set’s up a colour conversation within my paintings, informed by a number of colour references, such as signatures observed within nature phenomena, colour theory and abstract colour contrast. The physicality and materiality of colour within these paintings set up a spatial language, a visual tension between flatness, (opaque colour), illusory space, (transparent and gradient colour) and horizontality creating visual spatial horizons which move between abstraction and landscape horizons. These paintings explore the push & pull of the picture plane using oil blends seen in contrast to sprayed veils of colour and painted hard edged organic shapes.
I often use the format of the Renaissance ‘tondo’ and the repetition of the circular form, a form which has no beginning or end, therefore the viewer can never fully complete the image. This exploration of illusion, colour and light is further explored in their illuminated counterparts. The led light box works are digital reproductions of original painting encased in bespoke hand crafted light boxes. These illuminated portal worlds function as virtual photographic counterparts to the paintings, they reference the virtual screens of painting, colour luminosity and reproduction, which is especially relevant in a time when art works are increasingly viewed through the lens and the virtual platforms such Instagram and Artsy.
|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
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 and Reviews
Christie’s Auction Catalogue, Lehman Brothers
HA HA WHAT DOES THIS REPRESENT, Catalogue designed by Katrina Blannin
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