Remarkable and Curious Conversations

Curated by Cally Trench

Carol Coates

Doll by Carol Coates
Carol Coates, Doll (2010)
Acrylic on canvas,
24 x 18 cm (approx)

Doll in Repose by Carol Coates

Carol Coates, Doll in Repose (2010)
Acrylic on canvas,
30 x 41 cm
Hope, Mother and Child by Carol Coates
Carol Coates, Hope, Mother and Child (2006)
Acrylic on board,
78 x 110 cm (approx)

I am a painter, illustrator and educator, and I regularly exhibit in solo and group exhibitions both locally and nationally.

In my work I explore human relationships, memories of childhood and social issues through the medium of paint and print. I work rapidly and instinctively and often decision making and critical analysis will be made before and after an intense period of mark making. Working in this way I feel that I am able to communicate deeply emotional and personal issues.

The majority of my work is expressive and figurative, but I also have interests in the urban landscape and the effects of global recession on industry and communities. There is strong narrative feel to my work and man's struggle against adversity is a common theme. Recent work has explored how innocent play can be subverted, and where children's toys and imagery can have more sinister undertones portraying the child as plaything.

Carol Coates's website

Carol Coates's conversations and interactions

Papel Picado
Conversations at The Re Show
Remarkable Bookshelf 2
Earliest Memories Quilt

Remarkable and Curious Conversations: The Artists

Remarkable and Curious Conversations : The Interactions

Cally Trench's homepage