Approved: 08.04.2021

Carole Hawthorne

Artist, Curator, Maker, Researcher, Teacher

Approved: 08.04.2021

My paintings are developed from unique observations which are taken from rich sources. These include investigations into colour combinations, primitive pattern,surfaces, rhythms, formations, structure and changing light.

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Artist Statement

My paintings are developed from unique observations which are taken from rich sources. These include investigations into colour combinations, primitive pattern,surfaces, rhythms, formations, structure and changing light.

The technical processes involved are key to producing my paintings. I use multiple marks created by masking, layering and removing colour to create a visual field.

There is a sense of ‘looking through ‘ or ‘inside looking out or outside looking in’ as the colours beneath are revealed through the layers. I build up the surface, merging it 

and breaking it down allowing the painting to evolve in its own time.

Colour is a predominant factor in the work, I make many colour swatches to prepare the pieces, which are referred to in order to search for colour values, weight and tension.

These works act as a vehicle for contemplation and mindfulness.


Recent work has taken a new direction, it has moved away from a preoccupation with layers and surface texture.

Now there is flat colour, pattern and optical illusion. These three dimensional paintings have evolved out of a concern with the ‘object’ rather than the picture plane, the intention being to create visual interest when seen from different viewpoints. There is an element of surprise and playfulness in the pieces.

I am influenced by Minimalism and particularly admires Agnes Martin and Bridget Riley who have engaged in a lifelong relationship with painting.

After living and working in London I came to Nottingham where I gained an MA in Fine Art at Nottinham Trent University.

My last job was as was as course leader for HND Fine Art, after I had been course leader for Foundation Art & Design at Nottingham College.

Since I left teaching I have been painting full time and for the past three years I have been based in Backlit Studios in Central Nottingham.

CV & Education

Exhibitions Include:

2022 Tarpey Gallery Open Exhibition, Castle Donninton, Derbyshire 

2022 Harley Open Exhibition, Welbeck, Nottinghamshire

2022 Janus revisited, The Cupola Gallery, Sheffield

2021 Lancaster Festival of music and Art

2021 ' Lockdown ' Fronteer Gallery, Sheffield

2021 'ShareBears' exhibition at Backlit Gallery Nottingham

2021 ' Still' online exhibition at

2021 Selected for online exhibition - Alright - online at www.organthing.c

2021 Selected for online exhibition - RECULTIVATE - online at

2021 Aire  Place Studios, Postcard Exhibition, Leeds

2020 ISO  Open, Old Lockup Gallery, Derbyshire

2019 A Long Engagement, Curator & Exhibiting Artist, Backlit Gallery, Nottingham

2019 East Midlands Contemporary Art Auction , Djanogly Art Centre, Nottingham

2018 See Here, Old Neals Auction House, Nottingham

2018 Lady Bay Arts Festival, Nottingham

2017 Colour Code, Cupola Gallery, Sheffield2017 Summer Exhibition, Kunsthuis Gallery, York

2016 Blue Owl Gallery, Grantham

2015 Art Athena, Athens Greece 

2014 Patchings Arts Centre, Nottingham Summer Exhibition

2011 East Midland Contemporary Art Auction, Djanogly Arts Centre


2010 Conquest Hospital Hastings. Organised by Arts in Healthcare

        East Sussex Hospitals

2006 50 over 50 Exhibition, University of Brighton


2006 Prime Arts Bath


2006 Spring Fair. NEC Birmingham UK. Prints


2005 Arthouse Interiors Nottingham


2004-5 Open Exhibition, Castle Museum and Art Gallery


2003 Jelly Legged Chicken Gallery, Reading


2003 Virtual Collect 2 Online Gallery, Experian, Nottingham


2003 Harborne Gallery, Birmingham


2002 Private View Revisited, Nottingham


2002 Bridlesmith Gate Gallery, Nottingham


2001 A New Light ‘, Peterborough City Art Gallery and Museum


2001 South Hall, Castle Museum, Nottingham


2000 Art Co Fine Art, Leeds


1997-8 Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, Sussex. On Reflection - open submission


1997 Watermans Gallery, London. Check Out  - open submission

Also at Small Mansions Art Centre, London


1997 Long Acre Studios, Notts. Selected Works - group exhibition


1994 Oldknows Gallery, Nottingham. Colour and Place  funded by East Midlands Arts

- group exhibition


1991 Peterborough City Gallery. Visual Arts Hire Scheme - selected artists


1990 Smiths Gallery, Covent Garden, London - group exhibition


1990 Leicester City Gallery, - Colourful Women  funded by the Arts Council

- group exhibition


1989 Bonington Gallery, Nottingham. New Works - group exhibition


Solo Exhibitions include:

2016 Wallner Gallery, Lakeside Arts Centre, University of Nottingham


2014 Harrington Mill Studios, Long Eaton, Recent Paintings 


2001-2 Head Street Gallery, Halstead, Essex


2001 Ferrers Art Gallery, Ashby.


2001 Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery


1993 University of Lancashire, Preston Arts Centre


1993 Keele University, Chancellors Gallery


1993 Atrium Gallery, Derby


1993 Oldknows Gallery, Nottingham funded by East Midlands Arts


Collections Include:

Long term loan of 8 paintings to Nottingham City Council for the Chief Executive’s Suite at the Guildhall, Nottingham

The Nottingham Trent University - Painting in the boardroom of the Design Department, Faculty of Art & Design

Nottingham Law School Ltd. - Two paintings in the boardroom

The Nottingham Trent University - Four paintings in the Vice Chancellors executive offices

Peter Grubb Design - Two paintings in reception area

Limited Edition Prints: Aquarelle Pictures - Tel: 1926 817075

Prime Arts Fine Art Publishing House – Tel: 01225 707500


Qualifications :

MA Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University -  1990

ATC Hornsey College of Art, London -  1974

NDD Painting and Printmaking - Coventry College of Art - 1968

Employment :

Course Leader, Foundation Art and Design, New College Nottingham - 1993 to 1999

Course Leader, HND Fine Art, New College Nottingham - 1999 to 2001

Currently freelance  

Commissions taken