London WC1B 3BF
I was born in 1942 and I live in Nice, France. I have many interests; Music, Astrology, Bourse, Army Aircrafts, Navy Boats, U-Boats, Formula One.
I am a trained Construction Engineer.
For fifteen years I studied painting and five years, photography and comics
I enjoy American Painting and comics.
Award winning artist, designer & broadcaster,
I am so very fortunate to have a studio which is beautifully located overlooking the Trent and Mersey Canal in Barnton, Cheshire. Local surroundings influence much of my work and I really enjoy painting inland waterway scenes although many other subjects in different media also appeal. I am particularly inspired by the effect of light on a subject, night or day. I have been delighted with the response to my large acrylic canvases depicting dramatically illuminated night time industrial scenes of the chemical works around Northwich. My painting, ‘Nightshift’, was selected from 3000 applicants for the BBC2 Show Me The Monet 2012 series and I was one of the final 36 winners who exhibited in the Mall Galleries, London, in the Show Me The Monet Exhibition. I have since exhibited in the Congingsby Gallery, London, with the After the Monet group.
I was previously a freelance designer of wallpapers and furnishing fabrics, exhibiting in London, Paris, Lille, Frankfurt, New York, Seoul and Tokyo. Various techniques have carried through to my waterway and abstract paintings and I owe much of my versatility and variety of subject matter to my design background.
My enthusiasm and knowledge of local inland waterways led to my greatest challenge to date when I was commissioned to paint the massive 30′ x 8′ exterior mural which is now on permanent exhibition at the Anderton Boat Lift, Northwich.
Many of my paintings are in private collections in U.S.A. Canada, New Zealand and UK including The Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, David Briggs MBE and I was honoured with a commission for a painting which was presented to H.R.H. The Duke of Kent at the reopening of Castle Park, Frodsham.
Carolyn was born and educated in London before relocating to Northamptonshire. The Aesthetic Movement and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood are a predominant influence with an interest in the flattening of forms, composition and cropping of the visual field.
Carolyn has just returned from an artist residency in Berlin where she is researching the Weimar Culture; a research project for 2 years which is supported by Arts Council England, incorporating the artistic movements of Die Brücke, Der Blaue Reiter, Dada and German Expressionism.
I have always been a painter having come from a family of painters and makers. Nowadays I am most interested in so called abstract images and colour is my main interest but this year I have been making wild flower paintings. I am surrounded by hedgerows full of wild flowers every spring as my spacious studio is in the depths of rural Devon so it was almost inevitable at some point. Visitors are always welcome at any time and the studio houses a large collection of works on either canvas or paper, up to 200 works , and all of them available for sale. I tend to work in series of paintings, often 20 or so pieces in the run, with a theme of style, colour or form. These ‘sets’ of paintings sometimes last for several years and sometimes for only a few months. The works themselves dictate the outcomes most of the time.
Avignon Ecole des Beaux Arts
Wall Hall College Herts, teaching diploma specialising in Fine Art
Falmouth College of Art and Design Diploma in Fine Art
2015 will see Carolyn curating an artist residency and displaying her work in a solo exhibition in Berlin during March and April.
In June 2015 her work will be seen at the Dolby gallery in a solo exhibition on her Weimar Project.
To complete 2015 Carolyn will have a 10 week solo exhibition at 78 Derngate in Northampton.
I’m a self-taught Artist, I have spent several years developing my art work.I have consolidated and improved my style of painting over this period.
This has enabled me to say my art is easily recognised as Chris Sheldrake’s pictures. This sounds very easy, it was not.
I chose five criteria to concentrate on, Skies, Structures, Water, Atmosphere, and Inspiration. I use palette knife and brush and a host of other tools to get the effect I want.
I like to write, plan and practice my pictures as I paint them.
So I consider myself as a cityscape/townscape artist.and I use a little bit of imagination to convey to the viewer an illusion of reality. Have a look at my website www.chrissheldrake.uk
QUALIFICATIONS BA Fine Art Degree[ Hons] 1st Class – MA Fine Art & Philosophy- Commendation