Caroline Cornelius is a painter whose works has been exhibited in prestigious art institutions and galleries including Royal Academy and Royal Watercolour Society. Caroline’s emotionally eloquent, subtle watercolours explore a certain fragility and fleetingness inherent in life and in particular, a woman’s life. Using intimate scenes from her personal experience as her main source of inspiration, her work is an exploration of the female form and the duality of ageing and maturing: the mutability of beauty and the confidence that comes with self-acceptance.
"Motherhood has brought a perspective on the particular angst experienced by teenage girls - raising questions about body image and being comfortable in your own skin, often seen through the lens of my own teenage daughters - pictured on seemingly idyllic holidays - lying by a sunlit pool, skiing or hiking in woodlands."
Caroline draws on her past experience as a textile designer to search for incidental patterns using a limited colour palette to simplify and stylise her work. Inspired by the sparsity, patterning and flattening of the picture plane found in Japanese woodcuts, Caroline has mastered the medium of watercolour - creating her own vocabulary of colour washes, areas of resistance, and a soft dreamy palette that echoes the themes of her work.
Education | Art Foundation, Chelsea School of Art; BA Fashion Design with Printed Textiles, Brighton University
Awards | Winner of the Royal Watercolour Society Social Media Award
Solo Exhibitions | Moment Exhibition, Alison Milne Gallery (Canada), 2021
Group Exhibitions | Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (London), 2021; A Chorus of Bodies, Lilya Gallery (London), 2021; Figurative Now! Summer 2021 Federation of British Artists, Mall Galleries (London), 2021; Everything is Water if you look long enough, Coles Gallery (Leeds), 2021; Christmas Group Show 2020, Prince and Pilgrim Gallery (London), 2020; Art on a Postcard, Annual Auction, 2020; Royal Watercolour Society’s Contemporary Competition, Bankside Gallery (London), 2020; Wells Contemporary Art Show, Wells Cathedral (London), 2019; Royal Watercolour Society’s Contemporary Competition, Bankside Gallery (London), 2019; Hatch Gallery Fresh Show, Christchurch (Dorset), 2019; Royal Watercolour Society’s Contemporary Competition, Bankside Gallery (London), 2018; Royal Watercolour Society’s Contemporary Competition, Bankside Gallery (London), 2017