BA Art, Winchester school of Art
CAROLINE HALL was a news reporter and presenter for the BBC before returning to university in 2001. A year after graduating with a Masters in Painting she was named as an artist to watch by emerging arts specialists Degree Art. Since then her career has gone from strength to strength and in 2017 she was awarded a major retrospective at one of the UK’s premier contemporary art galleries.
This latest body of work by the Hampshire artist draws on the piano solos of French composer Maurice Ravel. Over a period of eighteen months she has built up a series of studies exploring paint’s ability to echo the rhythms and harmonies of one particular piece of music, his Pavane for solo piano. Working on bespoke birch panels, Caroline’s creative response is driven by colour and mark. The final layer is always a gesture, an emotional response played out on the surface of the painting whilst listening to the music playing in her studio. The sides of each panel is polished with beeswax.
“Each study is itself the creation of a new kind of composition cradled, it is true, within a notion of musical knowledge, but happening afresh on its own terms. As viewers we can experience a kind of sweeping away into and beyond the drama of the painting itself and allow ourselves to be lost within a living, creative and ongoing experiment.” Phil King