Carole King/ Carole King

Australia

Painting, Collage

Carole King
Carole King
Female
Australia
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After living in Sydney, Melbourne, and abroad, in London and Italy, love for home was just too big for Carole King, so she returned to Australia. That will mark her artistic career, as coastal environments of mangroves have made her work recognizable. Her respect for nature goes even further, as the trees portrayed have human attributes and qualities, like tolerant, tenacious, flamboyant, clingy and bossy. Every single visit to mangrove communities gave her artworks another level of depth and her love and obsession grew stronger. Water is also huge part of her art, clearly seen or suggested, as the artist knows the importance of water for all of life.

The artist paints coastal environments of mangroves

Here Comes the Tide, 2010 - Beachmere, 2013, News about south Australian landscape painted in Adelaide in 2014 can be seen in a museum
Carole King – Here Comes the Tide, 2010 / Beachmere, 2013

Perfect Combination of Painting and Collage

She made herself famous by combining painting on canvas with using collages of torn and cut paper, so they are not paintings in a traditional sense, but also not completely the collages. The coastal sceneries are presented in a way that the human attributes are clearly seen. Here and there a stubborn tree fighting the tide can be seen, or lonesome plants surrounded by the ocean of water. The water plays important part, as it surrounds all life and can either support it, or end it. There are no humans in King’s artworks, but all of our emotions are there. Happiness, sadness, even death, everything is presented quietly, but loud enough to be clearly seen and understood.

There are no humans in artworks, yet all of our emotions are there

Beach Girls - Caught by the Tide, 2008 - Beach Girls - Shall We Paddle, 2008, south Adelaide landscape can be seen in a museum in 2014, news of arts and works
Carole King – Beach Girls, Caught by the Tide, 2008 / Beach Girls, Shall We Paddle, 2008

Life-changing Award

She earned a Diploma in Fine Arts (majoring Color & Design and Printmaking), and a Diploma of Adult Education. When she lived in London, she had her first exhibition. After her return to Australia, King taught at Macquarie Community College in Sydney and tutored for The World Education Fellowship. Her talent and unique artworks brought several awards in the past decade.

In fact, the artworks are so unique that the artist has been awarded several times in the past few years. In 2004, she won The Warwick Art Prize, in 2006 The St. Bernards Hotel Art Prize and in 2008 The Royal Queensland Art Society. The most important award, though, came in 2014, when King was elected a winner of the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize. The awarded piece was titled High Tide, Wynnum, and it was named the best among 101 artworks. The piece possessed almost a perfection observed from distance, but coming closer to it really made things happen for both the viewers and the judges.

That kind of unique is unrecognized and awarded

Sea Grass With Community, 2015 (detail), Australian news in 2014 said she won Waterhouse Natural Science Prize
Carole King – Sea Grass With Community, 2015 (detail)

The Artist Cares Deeply for the Environment

King admitted she was surprised to win the Waterhouse Natural Science Prize, and said it was her first major prize. She felt excited, thrilled and grateful as well. Check for 50 000 dollars was presented to her, but she doesn’t paint for the money. All she could think was the fact that an artwork portraying fragile ecosystem was acknowledged in an international prize contest. She hoped it would lead to a better understanding of how much vulnerable and precious these special areas are. King is not just a phenomenal artist, she is also a great human being who deeply cares for the Australian environment.

She is represented by 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace in Gold Coast, Australia.

Carole King lives and works in Gold Coast Hinderland.

All images, including featured – courtesy of 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015RED Expressionism19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLDGroup
2014Carole KingArtarmon Galleries, Sydney NSWSolo
2014A Tribute to Michael Jackson’s 10 Best Film Clips19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLDGroup
2014Waterhouse Natural Science Art PrizeSouth Australian Museum, Adelaide SAGroup
2013Water World19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLDSolo
2013The Art of Cirque du Soleil19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLDGroup
2011Kenilworth Arts PrizeKenilworth Arts Council Inc, Kenilworth QLDGroup
2011Red Dot19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLDGroup
2010In Conversation with MangrovesThe Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Gold Coast QLDSolo
2009The Studio and BeyondThe Manning Regional Art Gallery, Taree NSWSolo
2009UnknownNeo Gallery, Brisbane QLDGroup
2009Tattersall’s Club Landscape Art PrizeTattersall Club, Brisbane QLDGroup
2009The ANL Maritime Art Awards and ExhibitionMelbourne VICGroup
2007The ANL Maritime Art Awards and ExhibitionMelbourne VICGroup
2006Refocus 5, stirred but not shakenGold Coast City Art Gallery, Gols Coast QLDGroup
2006The St. Bernards Hotel Art PrizeMt Tambourine, QLDGroup
2006The ANL Maritime Art Awards and ExhibitionMelbourne VICGroup
2005Waterhouse Natural Science Art PrizeSouth Australian Museum, Adelaide SAGroup
2005UnknownThe National Archives Gallery, Canberra, ACTGroup
2004The Stanthorpe Bi-annual Art PrizeStanthorpe QLDGroup
2004The Warwick Art PrizeWarwick QLDGroup
2002Tourists, the Artists TakeGold Coast City Art Gallery, Gold Coast QLDGroup
2001Making of ParadiseGold Coast City Art Gallery, Gold Coast QLDGroup
2001Figures & NudesThe Royal Queensland Art Society, Broadbeach QLDGroup
2001Celebration of LiteratureThe Somerset College, Gold Coast QLDGroup
2000Exhibition of Accredited Artists (QLD)Waterfront Place, Brisbane QLDGroup
1988Carole KingThe Court Gallery, London, UKSolo