About me

Here you can learn more about my history and about my art. I love what I do, and I do it with passion. I look forward to hearing from you. I’m Carol Denn, an American artist, based near Boston, Massachusetts in the USA. I graduated with a BA in Art History with a minor in Communications from the University of Georgia. In Paris, I studied figure drawing for three years with the ADAC studios and a semester of oil painting at the L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris. I completed my Masters in Fine Art at Bath Spa University in the UK where my exhibition resulted in a sell-out show. My work features in private collections around the world and I show my art both locally and internationally in exhibitions, galleries, and art fairs. Please don’t hesitate to get in contact about any artwork you are interested in using the contact page. You can follow me on my social media links such as Twitter and Instagram and sign up for my newsletter if you would like to hear about my latest news, paintings, open studios and exhibitions.


Artist Statement

I create contemporary oil paintings with collage on linen canvas and illustrations on paper and products. I invent visual narratives with paint, gold leaf and collage relating to themes around nature, identity, travel to places like Japan and New England and collections such as cabinets of curiosities.

I only use the finest professional materials from the stretchers, canvas, primer, mediums, paint pigments and varnish to ensure each work will last thousands of years. The sandy-colored raw linen and any collage elements are fully protected with a clear primer which allows it to remain visible and a feature in this work. You can get a sense of the scale of my paintings with the exhibition images of my artwork on the exhibitions page.

References to nature can be found throughout my work and one example is a painting depicting antlers in paint in response to the growing concern the world is facing with regards to the environment. I also explore themes around identity when representing people.

I have been inspired by my travels in my area in New England and also around the world such as Japan. Seeing Japanese art first hand and the culture in Japan helped my practice as an artist and more fully understand the influence Japan has had on my art. The Japanese origami washi paper and marbled paper I use in my collage in my paintings bring a sense of pattern, texture, handmade craft, tradition and history to the work.

I also appreciate the importance or sense of negative space or space between elements. It is not only what you add but also what you choose to leave out that makes a seemingly simple artwork complex in the planning and execution process.


EDUCATION

2015 Shillington College Graphic Design, London

2007- 2008 MA in Fine Art from Bath Spa University, England resulting in a sell-out show followed by sales, commissions & exhibitions

2003-5 Three years of figure/life drawing study at the Lycee Henri IV Paris, ADAC studio, working in oil, pastels, and charcoal

2003-4 Attended weekly Art History Conferences at L’Ecole du Louvre Paris

2003 Semester of oil painting at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts Paris

2000 BA in Art History minor in Communications
University of Georgia, USA

1998 Study Abroad in Paris through Wells College, Life Drawing and photography at Parsons College, Paris


EXHIBITIONS

2018
Right Angle Picture Framing, Corsham, UK September 24 – Oct 7th
2014
Museum of Oxford, Alice 3.0 Exhibition, Oxford, UK June 7 – Sept 6th,
RUH Hospital in Bath Art Exhibition, Bath, UK July 25 – Oct 16th,
Black Swan Arts, Divas Gallery, Frome, UK Jan. – Feb 8th, 2014,
2013
Fringe Arts Festival Bath, England Bloodlines exhibition
Black Swan Arts, Divas Gallery, Frome, UK Dec. 2013

2012
Black Swan Arts, Frome, UK August 2012
Fringe Arts Festival Bath, UK
Open Competition chosen by Art in England magazine
Open Studios Art Trail, Frome Festival, Frome, UK

2011
Cameron Contemporary Art, Affordable Art Fair Bristol, UK
Open Studios Art Trail, Frome Festival, Frome, UK
Rook Lane Retro, Rook Lane Arts, Frome, UK

2010
Retro Rook Lane Art Fair, Frome, UK
Rook Lane Arts, Frome, UK
Autumn Art Exhibition RUH hospital in Bath, UK
Consuming Nature, The Octagon, Milsom Place, Bath, UK
2009
6@TheOctagon, Fringe Arts Festival Bath, UK
2008
Masters of Fine Art Exhibition, Bath Spa University, resulting in a sell-out show
MA Interim Show, School Gallery, Bath Spa University, Bath, UK

2007 L’Horizon, Monaco


Private Commissions

2008-2009 collage painting consisting of 9 smaller canvases hinged together Private Collection, 5 portrait commissions two of which were double portraits Private Collection