Artist Spotlight: Caroline Smith

Caroline Smith is a painter of repute, she has been represented by Artist Partners since the early 70's To try and describe her work it is influenced by Vivianne Westwood, Dolce and Gabbana and Tribal and Ritual weddings, and baroque decoration. Her paintings can be seen in galleries and in private homes, and her recent series of paintings have been described as flowing organic natural lines, contrasting with complex decoupage textures, glowing gold and saturated colours.

A dramatic melange of pearls, brass findings, antiqued pewter , vinyl trade beads, Turquoise and`Jade. Caroline has designed packaging, tarot cards, editorial images, and book covers, and has also had her work published by The Folio Society.

For more of her stunning work please look at the website here

Country gents: New exhibition by Sutherland surrealist

Sutherland-based artist Mark Edwards  has another brilliant show at the Catto Gallery in Hampstead from October 2nd - 21st October .... His wonderful paintings depict scenes of men in great coats and bowler hats in snowy, wooded landscapes.  Working from a former shepherd's cottage, his "The White Wood" series has led him to being "described as a modern master of a very British form of surrealism".

The Catto Gallery in Hampstead, London, will exhibit 24 new original canvases from the series next month.

Edwards, who also illustrates books, said: "For me The White Wood is to do with silence, memory, separation and things that I still don't really understand, occasionally humorous yet sometimes disturbing.But where I once felt uncomfortable and tense, now I'm far more at home with the surreal and intangible"

Edwards studied fine art at London's Medway Art College and then Walthamstow College of Art in the 1960s. He then moved north to the rundown property on the shores of Loch Hope.

Alongside his painting, he worked as a gillie on the neighbouring Duke of Westminster estate, but  stopped in 2007 and began creating art from which The White Wood series emerged.

 Edwards now paints from his remote studio in a cottage in Sutherland.

Read this article on Creative Review www.creativereview.co.uk/cr-blog/2014/october/enigmatic-paintings-by-mark-edwards-on-show-at-catto-gallery

Mark Edwards is represented by www.artistpartners.com

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