Biography

Biography

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Carol Bruton was born in Toronto, Canada and studied art at the Bellas Artes de Madrid, the Camden Arts Centre, London and the Edinburgh College of Art. Carol's childhood was spent in Spain, a country she still visits regularly.
Carol swims in the sea throughout the year and it is the images that she sees floating on the surface of the water, that provide the inspiration for her recent work. The combination of sky, clouds and the movement of the water create the translucent lozenges of colour. She then uses a number of fine brushes to paint a blend of pigments into the glass effect medium. Carol has noticed that her audience want to walk right up to the paintings to touch them, to trace with their fingers, the fine lines suspended in a glow of colour.

Following an exhibition at the Quadrangle Gallery, Oxford , one viewer wrote giving his impressions:

"I was in Oxford on Saturday and went to see your exhibition Carol. I've only seen one of your paintings before and wasn't sure what to expect. Well, I'm glad I made the effort - and effort it was as a stranger to Oxford's bewildering one-way system - as I thought your work was fantastic. If I was a man of means, I would have snapped a couple up on the spot. What better than to return from the crowded confines of a city work-day to the limitless essence of transparent globes of colour? I once travelled by train through the plains of southern Spain and can still remember the spiritual impact, the inexplicably joyous light-headedness that the scenery awakened in me. In 6 square feet of canvas you have captured that sense of infinity. The sun-bleached ochres and browns and the timelessness of your work are quite moving. A self-confirmed materialist, I all too rarely experience anything approaching spiritual ecstasy and very few paintings have such an effect on me".

Carol currently lives and works in the South of France.