I find colour and the use of it absolutely intriguing, and particularly undervalued. Combinations of colour, each having an effect on the viewer in subtle or copious ways, creating a mood and ambience. Healing colours, energising colours, calming, uplifting and poetic. A unique, yet undifferentiated language is created through paintings, a form of communication, which enunciates on various discrete levels.
Opposites attract me; texture/smooth, matt/shiny, lavish/sparse, so many opposites to explore.
My preferred medium is oil paint, the smell is enticing with a colour integrity second to none. Occasionally I work with acrylic, watercolour, pastel and mixed media; this can include a concoction of leaves, twigs, sand and pumice to construct a texture, which evokes an earthly and tangible feel to a painting.
SOLO EXHIBITIONS & MIXED SHOWS
1990-2004 Public Galleries
1990-91 South London Art Gallery
1992 The Barbican, London
1992-93 Peterborough Museum
1993 Kings Lynn Arts Centre
Renaissance Exhibition, Gray Art Gallery & Museum Hartlepool.
1996 University Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne
2003-05 William Howard Arts Centre, contemporary artist exhibition,
2004 Craftsmen at the Priory, Lanercost
1990-2007 Private Galleries
1990 Westminster Gallery, London
1991 Natwest ‘90’s, Natwest Hall, London
1991-97 Christopher Hull Gallery, Knightsbridge, London
1992 Beaumanor Hall, Leicestershire
1992-94 Spectator/ Adams Art Competitions- Sotherbys,
London & Fruit market gallery, Edinburgh
1993 Laing Landscape Competition, Mall Galleries, London
1994 Chatton Gallery, Wooler
1994-98 Clayton Gallery, Newcastle upon tyne
2001-07 FarmiloFiumano C21 Art, London
2005 Art on paper Fair, Royal College of Art, London
2005-06 Gossipgate Gallery, Alston, Cumbria
2006-08 The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London
2008-10 Fiumano fine art, Hyde park, London
2008 Manchester Art Fair
2009-10 Farmiloe Fine Art, Kings rd, London
2010 ‘Capturing Nature’, three woman show at Fiumano Fine Art, London
20/21 International Art fair, Royal college of art, London
Edinburgh Arts festival, Fiumano fine art 2010
2011 Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead, London
2012 #twitterart exhibition, Norway
2012 Chelsea Arts Fair, London
2012 ‘opening show’ Creation Fine Arts Gallery, Beverley, Yorkshire
2012 Summer show, Fiumano Fine Art, London
2012 Affordable Art fair, (Fiumano Fine Art) Hampstead Heath, London
2012 Christmas show, Creation Fine Arts, Beverley, Yorkshire
2013 Summer Salon at Whistle Art stop, Northumberland
2013 Waiting for Perseus, solo show at Creation Fine Arts Gallery, Beverley, Yorkshire
Various collections in the UK, USA, Canada & Australia, Paris/France, including The Lord and Lady Heseltine, and Lady L. Browne. Vic Ware OBE, Prof. Tom Wilson and Dr Nyra Wilson, City & Guilds Institute, London, Adams & Co, Edinburgh, Savoy Hotel, London.
1988-1991 City & Guilds of London Art School. Sponsored by Christies Fine Art Auctioneers.
“Carol McDermott is a lyrical painter, inspired by the beautiful wild county side of Cumbria. Whether she is painting an abstract or representational landscape there is a poetical almost pantheistic harmony to her compositions. Like her fellow Cumbrian Landscape artist the late Winifred Nicholson she is a fine colourist. Her palette is a subtle one , she uses earth colours and fresh primary colours to perfectly describe the wild flowers and grasses in her paintings. Caroline Farmiloe Fine Art. “
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