Interview with Carrie Jean Goldsmith

“I’m influenced by anything and all the things, whether it’s audio, the landscape, how I am emotion on a distinct working day or just life.”

By Rise Art | 19 Jul 2022

Carrie Jean Goldsmith has just lately joined Increase Artwork, bringing her portfolio of abstract paintings to the system. Carrie is inspired by nearly anything and every little thing, from the surroundings to her have physical and contemplative point out. She then works by using her abstract and loosely representational type with color, gesture and tonal gradation to capture the essence of her matter, trying to get the harmony concerning expressionism and educated believed.

We spoke to Carrie about the evolution of her apply and the most recent jobs and exhibitions.

Carrie measuring a canvas in her studio


How would you explain your artistic design?

I would explain my fashion as gestural, instinctive and intuitive.


How has your exercise developed above the a long time? Have you generally worked in an abstract design?

My observe has progressed so considerably above the decades. A person of my early inspirations was (fellow) Canadian artist Emily Carr whose landscapes are still my favourite of this style whole of loaded color and drama. I was originally drawn to trees and forests as my matter and eventually deconstructed these images to shapes and light-weight. I moved on to fully abstracted is effective a number of decades in the past but numerous of these early abstracted items have been still dependent on ‘things’ and with a to some degree geometric experience.

Through the 1st lockdown I discovered myself loosening up with wonderful swathes of colour and much more seen brush strokes. This procedure was immensely satisfying and the paintings started to acquire on a significantly a lot more intuitive and gestural tactic I imagine this was a immediate final result of the limits imposed and my response to them! I now use these fewer hard-edged marks but I am still really fond of daring strains and incorporate these into substantially of what I do. I like the contrast of ethereal, diaphanous strokes coupled with with bolder, forceful marks.

Panacea, 2021, by Carrie Jean Goldsmith


Tell us a little bit about the inspiration driving your paintings

I am encouraged by everything and anything, whether or not it truly is songs, the landscape, how I’m emotion on a unique working day or just life. I obtain expressing myself on the canvas extremely normal. You should not get me improper, it has taken a very extensive time for me to discover my voice in this way. Immediately after years of painting landscapes and trees and then different deconstructed illustrations or photos, I am now at a position the place I am comfortable painting in a a lot far more expressionistic method and have identified an method that performs for me that is neither laboured nor pre-planned. The only real planning is the size of canvas and a essential palette option even though the latter invariably evolves and changes wholly from that initial ‘plan’!

Expose, 2022, by Carrie Jean Goldsmith


What is actually an common working day like in your studio?

I test to be in entrance of my easel for 9am and generally commence by finishing off a do the job that I may well have beforehand started out. I obtain I will need this heat up prior to setting up a manufacturer new function. I like to have some time color mixing and working with my a variety of brushes and palette knives to deliver again the muscle mass memory right before starting a refreshing painting. I also frequently choose a early morning to just put together new canvasses, constructing the bars, stretching, sizing and priming so that I am by no means in a predicament exactly where I will not have a well prepared surface area to begin new operates. As soon as my canvasses are primed I virtually blindly cover them in a preferred set of hues that might or may not be noticeable when the painting is full. I really like the serendipity of this approach as those initial marks that had been not originally aspect of the additional focussed composition can usually engage in their part.

Hey Now, 2022, by Carrie Jean Goldsmith


Who are your essential creative influences?

As talked about above, my early influences include things like Emily Carr and I also love the perform of so many artists painting all over that time Mark Gertler, Dora Carrington, Edward Burra, Juan Gris and then, rather afterwards, Richard Diebenkorn, Francis Bacon and, of training course, abstract expressionists these as Helen Frankenthaler, Franz Kline and Robert Motherwell and the lesser recognized Bernice Bing (plus so many many others!). As significantly as much more modern artists go I enjoy the beautiful geometric paintings of Tomma Abts and am also a lover of Sean Scully and Peter Doig to name but a several.


Who are some Rise Artwork artists with work you happen to be taking pleasure in at the instant?

I have uncovered these artists on Increase Artwork: Susanna Klein, Daisy Cook, Nina Archer, Sue Kennington, Kirsten Lilford. The actuality that they’re all female is very coincidental, I swear! I particularly appreciate the paintings of Kirsten Lilford which maintain an ambiguity at the identical time as showcasing everyday recognisable scenes. They are also fantastically painted.

Velvet, 2022, by Carrie Jean Goldsmith


Are you at the moment doing work on any thrilling new projects?

I’m doing work on some commissions at the moment and I’m also developing a entire new physique of operate for two exhibitions later on this 12 months.

I am delighted to say that I have had the two my 2022 submissions to The Royal Academy Summer months Exhibition approved this yr wherever they are presently hanging in Gallery 1.

Alice G. Collins

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