About

In her artist’s statement Caroline Canning speaks of the ‘connection between eye and hand’ which triggers off her paintings. It is this sense of connection that we feel in her works, not merely that initial connection between Caroline and her subject but, more importantly for us, the connection between artist and viewer. The enthusiasm she imbues into her paintings spills out into our space and infects us mightily. For a work of art to be successful its creator must be in it and of  it.  Caroline’s larger-than-life personality and head-on approach to life are all over her work.  From her boldly colourful still-lifes, mostly executed amidst the “domestic jumble” which is her studio/kitchen, to the incredibly atmospheric landscapes which summon up the elemental forces of nature, we are bowled over by her tremendous joie de vivre. That she can contain within a space measuring a mere 3.25″ square dramatic electrically-charged cloudscapes full of Stürm und Drang  certainly fills me with awe.

Sile Connaughton-Deeny, May 2012

 

Work

Landscape

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Artists Statement

I work in a huge, light-filled room at home in Dublin which is  half-kitchen and half-studio.  A couple of years ago, I thought it would be a good discipline to move my practice to an external studio. Bad Idea. My best work happens amidst the domestic jumble and even if someone occasionally complains about the butter tasting of turps, it makes, for me, the perfect Work-Life balance.

The impulse  towards the sensual physicality of putting  paint on canvas is sparked off, quite simply by Seeing. The light behind  the Connemara clouds, the gentle curve of a human foot, or the sight of a cherry tree in full bloom on a Saturday morning – such are the things that spark the connection between eye and hand that for me is at the beginning of every painting.

Upcoming Exhibitions

My next exhibition will take place in the United Arts Club, Dublin in May 2021.

The work that will feature in this exhibition reflects the fact that I have spent most of the past year on Aughrus peninsula, a tiny but beautiful corner of Connemara. These landscapes focus on the huge skies, ever changing light (and weather !!) that are unique to the Atlantic coast. I will also be showing a selection of work from my daily notebooks from this time. These provide a visual diary of the moments that make days, and the days that make seasons. Sometimes a notebook drawing is a starting point for a larger piece, but mostly they are just a record of my gallivanting around life.

Connemara Winter
Mixed media on bockingford paper
55 x 75 cm

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