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Carrie May

Royal College of Art (MA Communication Art & Design / 2007)

Interview

What is your favourite film of all time?

The English Patient 

What music are you currently listening to and why?

It changes a lot. I love working to music..and at the moment, Bonobo. 

[And Newton's Porcelain Panther Podcasts.] 

Which living artists do you most admire and why?

At the moment I enjoy the work of Simone Rea, Luke Best and Olaf Hayek. All for their palette and amazing eye for composition. 

Which deceased artist do you most admire and why?

I find the paintings of Turner very moving and inspiring and I also love some of the lesser exposed works of William Morris. His work was so distinct and still holds it own today...something to aspire to!

Tapies for his textures and boldness. Kurt Schwitters for his collaging. 

Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?

I loved seeing the Turner collection. I recall spending a long time moving around them very slowly, absorbing. Very evocative and yet calming.

What is the question you get asked most frequently about your work and how do you answer it?

I think probably it tends to be 'How do you make it?' or 'What's your process' and i tell them...

I start by drawing always and rough out my ideas. I have built up a collage archive which is of found papers on which I paint using oils. 

I then collage the drawings and work on it digitally, layering up the elements and tweaking as I go.

 

What / who inspired you to be an artist?

I think my Art teacher at school, Keith Baugh. I loved his enthusiasm and he made me want to aim high. 

I always loved being creative when I was younger and had ideas for narratives, characters and scenes. 

People's appreciation of what I made spurred me on too. 

Can you tell us about where you make your art and what if any the significance of this location is?

I have recently moved from Hackney,  London to the South of France to live with my boyfriend who is also an Artist. We have a studio area with beautiful light and space. it is a wonderful place to work and there is a lot more nature on my doorstep. It's inspiring.

What do you like most about being an artist?

Being creative for a living is so very rewarding and I cannot think what I would rather do. It is always exciting and you can always be ambitious and there is never nothing to do. 

What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?

As an Artist I think perhaps selling out an entire edition of prints feels good. As an Illustrator particular commissions from notable clients have felt like milestones too. 

What are your plans for the coming year?

I am working on a series of childrens book illustrations and narratives and will be picking up my paintbrushes again.

A series of animal prints is underway that stand alone and work together. 

Lots to get on with! 

Latest artwork - View all by this artist

  • Carol Ann Duffy, The Words Of Poems
    Size(HxWxD):42x29.7x0.1cm
    £85.00
  • Balloon Seller
    Size(HxWxD):42x29.7x0.5cm
    £85.00
  • Seaside 2CV
    Size(HxWxD):29.7x42x0.5cm
    £85.00
  • Cowcuts
    Size(HxWxD):29.7x42x0.5cm
    £85.00
  • Into the Deep
    Size(HxWxD):42x29.7x0.5cm
    £85.00
  • Peahen Majesty
    Size(HxWxD):42x29.7x0.5cm
    £85.00
  • Puffin
    Size(HxWxD):42x29.7x0.1cm
    £85.00
  • City View
    Size(HxWxD):21x29.7x0.1cm
    £55.00
  • Mirepoix
    Size(HxWxD):29x42x0.5cm
    £85.00
  • So Many Legs
    Size(HxWxD):21x29.7x0.1cm
    £55.00
  • Boxing Hares
    Size(HxWxD):42x29.7x0.1cm
    £85.00
  • The Beach Huts
    Size(HxWxD):29x42x0.5cm
    £85.00
  • Noah's Ark
    Size(HxWxD):42x29.7x0.1cm
    £85.00
  • Tuscan Charm
    Size(HxWxD):21x29.7x0.1cm
    £55.00
  • Tea Party
    Size(HxWxD):42x29.7x0.1cm
    £85.00
  • Flamingo Heart
    Size(HxWxD):42x29.7x0.1cm
    £85.00
  • Tree of Hearts
    Size(HxWxD):42x29x0.5cm
    £85.00
  • Rugged Earth
    Size(HxWxD):29.2x29.2x5cm
    £400.00
  • Toucan Too
    Size(HxWxD):42x29x0.5cm
    £85.00
  • Ostrich
    Size(HxWxD):42x29.7x0.1cm
    £85.00
  • Ship to Sea
    Size(HxWxD):29x42x0.5cm
    £85.00
  • Carcassonne Castle
    Size(HxWxD):42x29.7x0.1cm
    £85.00
  • Seascape
    Size(HxWxD):50.8x50.8x2.5cm
    £650.00

Artist's statement

 Carrie gained a first class degree in Illustration at The University of Brighton before continuing her studies at The Royal College of Art. As a 2007 post-graduate of the RCA, Carrie began working as an artist and illustrator. Carrie is a ‘rustic magpie’ and works either in collage; arranging her found aged papers, painted papers, drawings and print detail into a resolved composition or layering plenteous oil on canvas; allowing for high pigmentation and rich swathes of texture. Her recent paintings are best described as fields of colour that evoke beautiful vistas of both gentle and more dramatic effect. She has produced Illustrative works for The Guardian, Waitrose, BBC Radio Times, The Sunday Telegraph, Design Week, Aesthetica Magazine, Hodder & Stoughton and Weidenfeld & Nicolson among others. 

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibition ‘ Recent Works’ at The Barn House Ledbury 2011
‘Three Different Landscape Artists’ Malvern Theatre, 2010-2011
Solo Exhibition ‘Recent Works’ Dick Whittington’s House Gloucestershire, 2009
Group B**K Exhibition, The London Print Gallery, London, 2008
Junk Male, The Gallery BC, 2008
The Great Exhibition of 2007, The Royal College of Art, London, 2007
Work in Progress Show, The Royal College of Art, London, 2007
The Desmond Preston Drawing Prize, The Royal College of Art, London 2006
Oberon Exhibition, The Royal College of Art, London 2006
Solo Show, Tara Bryan Gallery London, 2006  

Achievements & Awards

Finalist for The Aesthetica Annual Creative Works Competition 2009 Invitation to feature work on Adobe.com Design Centre Gallery 2008 Winner of The Big Idea Award for Inclusive Communication 2007 Second Prize for the Future Foundation Award for Inclusive

Recently sold artwork

  • Tortoise Friend
    Size(HxWxD):42x29.7x0.1cm
  • Misting
    Size(HxWxD):50.8x50.8x2.5cm
  • Blanket Chalk
    Size(HxWxD):29.2x29.2x5cm
  • Poppy Love
    Size(HxWxD):50.8x50.8x2.5cm
  • Peacock Majesty
    Size(HxWxD):42x29x0.5cm
  • Dream Deep
    Size(HxWxD):36x46x2cm