For the last forty years, Caroline Smith has worked towards her own unique mode of painting. Uninfluenced by current art fads and "movements" her work is a direct link to the earliest roots of artistic expression. The symbols and images that inhabit her vibrant and powerful paintings carry the same message as the earliest cave painting, Greek vase, or Egyptian temple wall. Her ability to handle, colour, two-dimensional form and space in her compositions is a measure of her maturity as a painter. Caroline Smith's work displays an immaculate and controlled technique that gave emphasis to her impeccable draughtsmanship. Almost impossible to discover how and with what they were painted, the technique was totally subservient to the image. Not a brushstroke to detract from the message.
In the late sixties and early seventies, Caroline became one of Europe's leading fashion artists,working for magazines such as Vogue, Harpers, Queen, Elle, and Cosmopolitan. Her fashion illustrations were also used in advertising campaigns for such fashion houses as Mary Quant and Revlon. Her work is now featured in books of fashion history of the latter part of the 20th century.
Caroline has had many important exhibitions over the years including one-woman shows at the Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne and Smiths Gallery, Covent Garden, and “Salome Exposition” at the Chapelle des Benedictines, SW France.
Notable commissions include three large murals 45 feet by 10 feet, and two glass doors for the Pyramids Hotel, Cairo. A series of twelve large paintings for the Shangri-La Hotel in Hong Kong and a commission for eighteen paintings for the Mandarin Hotel in Singapore.
‘Souvenirs de Frida’
This new work depicts a mystical image of Frida Kahlo, with strong colour pattern and floral decoration. Her shaded eyes symbolise intrigue, concealment, an enigma, secrets, and mystery.
Lizards are a totem of regeneration and adaptability, a butterfly transformation rebirth and endurance. All symbols of her courage and creativity through her short life.
This work is a small tribute to the wonderful Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, her vibrant colour, style, passion and pain, all a depiction of the female experience.
She collected jewellery and pre columbian artefacts, her beloved pets birds, dogs and three spider monkeys are all symbols that inhabit her very personal paintings.
This year is a celebration of her life with an exhibition at the V&A.
She has become a feminist Icon of courage, creativity, strength and beauty.
This new series of work, presented in bold statement bespoke black frames with an inlay of pure silver leaf, is both striking and beautiful.
The paintings express aesthetic line & shapes in rich harmonious colour. Mixed patterns transfer from clothes to background to skin. Influences for this collection are eclectic ranging from Vivienne Westwood, Dolce & Cabbana, Baroque decoration and ceremonial ritual.