Carole Freeman is a painter of people and narrative pictures. Her practice consists of on-going bodies of work that combine clinical study, empathy, humour, and ironic juxtaposition with subject matter culled from life experience, world events, daily news, history, and literature, as visual commentary and witness to contemporary concerns. Occasionally referencing Old and Modern Masters, Freeman has drawn upon the work of artists as varied as Polykleitos and Picasso, while both whimsically and seriously subverting artistic, cultural, political, and personal history. Stylistically positioned between classical representation and contemporary figuration, Freeman’s paintings manipulate time and space through fine detail and gestural brushwork, monochromatic and luminous colour, lightness of spirit and soulful depth.
Freeman studied BFA Honors at University of Manitoba, Canada and MA Painting at the Royal College of Art, London. Her recent Canadian solo exhibitions include: Something About Winnipeg, Gurevich Fine Art, Winnipeg, Selections 2012-2016, Walnut Contemporary and Portraits of Facebook, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto. An upcoming solo exhibition slated for Fall 2017 will be at Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York. Her work is held in collections including: Art Bank, Canada; Continental Oil Company, UK, Royal College of Art, UK, York University, Canada and Private Collections in Canada, UK, Italy, Australia, and USA including New York art critics Jerry Saltz and Roberta Smith.
Featured image: Carole Freeman, Demoiselles (study), 2017, Acrylic on paper, 56 x 76 cm (22 x 30 in.)