Interview with Carrie Jean Goldsmith


“I’m encouraged by something and every little thing, no matter whether it can be songs, the landscape, how I’m emotion on a specific day or just lifestyle.”

By Rise Art | 19 Jul 2022

Carrie Jean Goldsmith has lately joined Increase Artwork, bringing her portfolio of abstract paintings to the platform. Carrie is encouraged by anything and everything, from the environment to her personal actual physical and contemplative state. She then works by using her abstract and loosely representational design with colour, gesture and tonal gradation to seize the essence of her matter, in search of the stability involving expressionism and educated imagined.

We spoke to Carrie about the evolution of her apply and the newest projects and exhibitions.

Carrie measuring a canvas in her studio


How would you describe your creative design?

I would describe my model as gestural, instinctive and intuitive.


How has your exercise advanced about the several years? Have you always labored in an abstract type?

My exercise has advanced so a great deal more than the decades. A person of my early inspirations was (fellow) Canadian artist Emily Carr whose landscapes are nevertheless my favorite of this genre comprehensive of wealthy colour and drama. I was at first drawn to trees and forests as my subject matter and sooner or later deconstructed these images to shapes and mild. I moved on to entirely abstracted performs a amount of yrs back but several of these early abstracted items were even now primarily based on ‘things’ and with a to some degree geometric truly feel.

In the course of the first lockdown I uncovered myself loosening up with fantastic swathes of color and much far more visible brush strokes. This procedure was immensely gratifying and the paintings began to acquire on a far extra intuitive and gestural strategy I think this was a immediate consequence of the limits imposed and my response to them! I now use these considerably less really hard-edged marks but I am nonetheless pretty fond of daring strains and include these into considerably of what I do. I like the distinction of ethereal, diaphanous strokes coupled with with bolder, forceful marks.

Panacea, 2021, by Carrie Jean Goldsmith


Convey to us a bit about the inspiration at the rear of your paintings

I’m encouraged by anything at all and every thing, regardless of whether it can be songs, the landscape, how I am sensation on a certain working day or just life. I obtain expressing myself on the canvas quite normal. Don’t get me erroneous, it has taken a quite prolonged time for me to find my voice in this way. Soon after many years of portray landscapes and trees and then several deconstructed photos, I am now at a place the place I am snug portray in a a great deal extra expressionistic manner and have located an solution that performs for me that is neither laboured nor pre-planned. The only genuine setting up is the size of canvas and a essential palette option despite the fact that the latter invariably evolves and improvements fully from that preliminary ‘plan’!

Expose, 2022, by Carrie Jean Goldsmith


What’s an average day like in your studio?

I try out to be in entrance of my easel for 9am and ordinarily begin by ending off a operate that I may perhaps have previously begun. I obtain I want this warm up right before starting up a brand name new get the job done. I like to have some time colour mixing and employing my various brushes and palette knives to provide again the muscle mass memory right before starting off a contemporary portray. I also frequently choose a early morning to just get ready new canvasses, making the bars, stretching, sizing and priming so that I am never ever in a circumstance exactly where I never have a prepared floor to start out new works. When my canvasses are primed I practically blindly protect them in a decided on established of hues that may possibly or may not be obvious when the portray is entire. I appreciate the serendipity of this method as those initial marks that have been not at first aspect of the more focussed composition can often play their aspect.

Hey Now, 2022, by Carrie Jean Goldsmith


Who are your crucial creative influences?

As outlined higher than, my early influences involve Emily Carr and I also appreciate the work of so many artists painting all around that time Mark Gertler, Dora Carrington, Edward Burra, Juan Gris and then, relatively later on, Richard Diebenkorn, Francis Bacon and, of program, abstract expressionists these as Helen Frankenthaler, Franz Kline and Robert Motherwell and the lesser regarded Bernice Bing (as well as so many other people!). As much as a lot more modern artists go I adore the beautiful geometric paintings of Tomma Abts and am also a admirer of Sean Scully and Peter Doig to title but a few.


Who are some Increase Art artists with get the job done you are enjoying at the moment?

I have found out these artists on Increase Art: Susanna Klein, Daisy Prepare dinner, Nina Archer, Sue Kennington, Kirsten Lilford. The point that they’re all female is fairly coincidental, I swear! I significantly like the paintings of Kirsten Lilford which maintain an ambiguity at the very same time as showcasing every day recognisable scenes. They are also wonderfully painted.

Velvet, 2022, by Carrie Jean Goldsmith


Are you at present functioning on any exciting new jobs?

I’m working on some commissions at the second and I am also creating a entire new human body of perform for two exhibitions afterwards this calendar year.

I’m delighted to say that I have had the two my 2022 submissions to The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition acknowledged this yr where by they’re presently hanging in Gallery 1.


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