Artist Statement

My work deals with the relationship between man and nature and contemporary environmental concerns. I find beauty in the unusual, vulnerable, often maligned aspects of nature capturing details and ideas through realism, symbolism and metaphor. I like to probe the deeper layers of human character and our changing relationships with each other and the natural world; reflecting current economic, environmental and political challenges. I hope that my work can serve a reminder of the bonds that exist between man and nature and the need to nurture this bond with a moral respect for all species.
My paintings are mostly realistic in style due to the nature of my subject matter and my wanting to paint my subjects authentically. My process involves applying thin layers of paint with selective attention to detail and building the whole painting organically. I see my method as a meditative undertaking in which I enjoy getting lost in color and form. It is a journey both of understanding and trusting myself as an artist while finding the balance between outward communication and self expression.

I am working towards becoming more active in bird and wildlife conservation in the coming years through art, collaboration and travel – to foster change and to point a spotlight on the importance of preservation and conservation of our planet.

Caroline working on ‘Brooklyn Bridge’, 2018, commissioned for a collector in NYC.

Biography

Caroline Fay is an Irish artist based in Upstate New York. She holds a BA degree in Fine Art, Interdisciplinary Studies and attended the Art Students League of New York where she studied figurative drawing, painting and portraiture in the atelier tradition. A keen traveller, she has had the opportunity to learn about new cultures; realising in part the motivation and inspiration for her work.
In 2016, she was chosen to exhibit in the London Irish Art Exhibition, in the impressive Central Hall, Westminster Abbey, which celebrated some of Ireland’s great artists. She has won multiple awards for her work which had been exhibited in Ireland, London, France and New York. Her work is represented in public and private collections in Europe and in the US.

Her current studio practice is focused on oil painting and watercolor in both miniature and large scale renditions of the natural world. She was solo award winner of the 2019 Decentralization (DEC) Individual Artist Grant from New York State Council on the Art and embarked on a year-long art and research project that focused on raising awareness about threatened birds and their habitats in Upstate New York.

Caroline currently lives in the hamlet of Walton in the Western Catskills, where she opened the doors of the Big Little Art Studio (BLAS) in 2017. An old general store was turned into a personal studio and public art space where she teaches art workshops and holds creative events for the community. She regularly travels back to her home of Co. Cavan, in Ireland where she has been teaching successful painting workshops for the past 10 years.

Education

2010 Art Students League of New York
2006 B.A. Degree in Fine Art, D.I.T. Mountjoy Square, Dublin
2002 NCVA Level 2 in Art, Craft & Design, Cavan Institute

Solo Shows

2019 Hollow Bones – Parlor Gallery, Walton Theatre, Walton, NY
2010 Skin – Teachers Centre Gallery, Cavan, Ireland

Group Shows

2019 Artisan’s Guild of Oneonta, Oneonta, NY
2018 Real & Imagined – Cooperative Gallery 213, Binghamton NY
2018 Stagecoach Run Art Festival – Treadwell, NY
2018 Wide Open 9 – BWAC Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn, NY
2018 Leaf Art Exhibition, CANO Oneonta, Oneonta, NY
2017 Holiday Show – Co-operative Gallery 213, Binghamton NY
2017 Whittington & James Gallery – Crouch End, London, UK
2017 Incognito – Solomon Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland
2016 A Retrospective: Lough Inchin Art Club, Teachers Centre, Cavan, Ireland
2016 The Yellow Days Arts & Music Festival, London, UK
2016 Sodo Pizza Café – Clapton, London, UK
2016 Tufnell Park Tavern Gallery & Studios, Christmas Market, London, UK
2014 London Irish Art 2015 – Westminster Abbey, London, UK
2014 A Bittersweet Christmas – TriSpace Gallery, London, UK
2012 The Moth Christmas Fair -The Moth Studios, Cavan, Ireland
2012 Bah! Humbug – Cavan County Museum, Cavan, Ireland
2012 Rianta Art Fair 2011 – as part of the Fleadh Ceoil na hEireann, Ireland
2011 Phoenix on Golbourne – 67 Golborne Road, London, UK
2011 Dazed & Refused – BP Portrait Rejection Exhibition, London, UK
2010 Unframed – Bluewall Gallery, Corracanvy, Cavan, Ireland
2011 Rianta Art Fair 2011 – as part of the Fleadh Ceoil na hEireann, Ireland
2010 RHA Unselected Show
2010 – Bad Art Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2009 Art Fair ’09 – represented by Sol Art Gallery, RDS, Dublin, Ireland
2009 3 Woman Show – Sol Art Gallery, Slieve Russell Hotel, Cavan, Ireland
2009 All Tomorrow’s Parties – Teachers Centre, Main St., Cavan, Ireland
2008 Series 2 – Oak Room Restaurant, Main St., Cavan, Ireland
2008 Group Show – Radisson S.A.S., Farnham Estate, Cavan, Ireland
2007 Series 1 – Oak Room Restaurant, Main Street, Cavan, Ireland
2006 D.I.T. B.A. Fine Art Degree Show – Portland Row, Dublin, Ireland

Residencies / Awards

2010 Tyrone Guthrie Bursary – Cavan County Council, Co. Monaghan, Ireland
2001 Student of the Year Award, Cavan Institute, Co. Cavan, Ireland

Collections

Artisans Guild of Oneonta, NY
Office of Public Works, Dublin, Ireland
Cavan County Council, Cavan, Ireland

Murals

2019 Walton Rising – West Branch Artists community mural, Walton, NY
2014 Love your Life editorial – Riya Hollings, LYL Agency, London, UK
2013 Marooned on Mars – Mixmag Magazine, London, UK
2012 Gonzo Theatre and Gonzo Lounge, Cavan, Ireland
2012 Alley Tales – Blessing’s Bar, Cavan, Ireland
2011 Lost in the Forest – Mustang’s Bar, Cavan, Ireland

Contact

Email: caroline.fay@gmail.com

Tel: (+1) 607-297-8855

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