Geo Tondo 52cm dia Oil & Alkyd on Aluminium
Caroline List's solo show ‘GEOSCAPES’ on first viewing seems to reference the tradition of ‘Romantic Sublime’ landscape painting but not exclusively within the epic romantic tradition depicted by artists such as John Martin and Edwin Church. List’s work also sits within the Modernist tradition, exploring formal space, geometry, and flatness. For example, in her painting, Geoscape, the materiality of the natural world collides with the constructed, or man-made, creating dialectical landscapes which contrast order and materiality within the same picture plane. The phenomenological sublime as perceived in nature is suggested in List’s work through the modernist gesture of poured and coagulated paint, while formal geometric interventions and the infinite black backgrounds function as framing and viewing devices, or lenses, for containing these disparate ‘natural’ worlds.
Caroline List recently visited Iceland where she observed the natural landscape in contrast with geothermal structures. These contrasts are further explored in the GEOSCAPES series where List layers the language of sublime landscape with the formalism of modernist constructs, oscillating between beauty terror and the technological sublime.
Since graduating with an MA in Painting from Chelsea School of Art, Caroline has exhibited in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and China; she has also curated several successful exhibitions in the contemporary London art scene. In 2007 she was nominated for the Brian Robertson painting prize. A number of collections such as The Contemporary Arts Society, Neuberger and Berman New York, Fidelity Financial, Lehman Brothers, and JP Morgan Cazenove, as well as many private collectors have purchased her work. She currently lives and works in London.
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Ionscape Diptych, (Detail) 60cm X 160cm Oil & Alkyd on Aluminium