27th February 2024

Wiltshire Artist First Solo Exhibition.

It’s always a pleasure to share stories about Swindon artists on this blog. And if you take the trouble to look at the Sons and Daughters of Swindon and Made in Wiltshire sections of this blog you’ll find posts about many of them. So it’s super fab to share this story about Swindon born and raised artist Caroline Day.

I first met Caroline Day in Town Gardens where she and other members of the Town Gardens art group were busy doing their thing. That was years ago. Since then I’ve bumped into Caroline at countless community events apropos the artistic community in Swindon. And I’m the proud owner of a couple of Caroline’s non-floral pieces. So – a big well done from me Caroline!


WILTSHIRE ARTIST CELEBRATES HER FIRST SOLO EXHIBITION

Wiltshire artist Caroline Day, well known for her floral artwork, is opening her first solo exhibition at the new View Gallery in Royal Wootton Bassett this weekend (Saturday March 2).

The exhibition, Everyone Blooms, will run for a month. It’ll be open to the public from 10am to 4pm until Saturday March 30 (excluding Sundays and Mondays).

The View Gallery is on the first floor of a recently renovated £3m building. It shares the location with RWB Auctions and the soon to open Quercus Bistro. You can find both of them on the ground floor.

Events

A series of complementary events will run throughout the month. The events include:

  • Floristry classes
  • A talk by an art historian on representations of florals in art history
  • And also a ‘meet the artist’ day with Caroline on Saturday March 16. There she’ll be drawing and answering questions about her art.

‘I’m thrilled and honoured to be holding my first solo exhibition here in my home county,’ Caroline, who lives in Old Town, Swindon, said.

I root my compositions in a reverence for places and nature, during the ever-changing seasons. Florals, in particular, allow me to engage with colour, light and structure in a wonderful way.’

Raised in Swindon, Caroline, studied fine art and specialised in ceramics before finding her niche in impactful floral art and ‘place’ art. She also taught art for fifteen years before deciding to commit her professional life to creating art full-time back in her home town.

Wiltshire Artist First Solo Exhibition - Caroline Day with one of her floral paintings
Caroline Day, the Swindon-based artist who will be holding her first solo exhibition at the View Gallery in Royal Wootton Bassett during March. She’s pictured with one of her well known works featuring David Austin Roses.

Swindon’s cultural life – YES there is one!

Caroline has heavy involvment in the cultural life of Swindon and North Wiltshire. She’s well known for her particular love of David Austin Roses which have the look and depth of peonies but are actually famous roses which fascinate her. All along with other flowers including cherry blossom and forsythia.

Her artwork creates an almost 3D effect known as ‘chiaroscuro’. The term means the ‘illusion of a 3D space’. Caroline has received many commissions.

In 2016 she won a commission from English Heritage to create an exclusive range of artwork for them – Rose In Bloom – based on her love of David Austin Roses. English Heritage have used her work on a range orf merchandise that’s now available as far afield as Japan. Her artwork for this Wiltshire exhibition is a new collection.

‘These beautiful roses have always intrigued me,’ Caroline said. “I approach the anatomy of an object, or a flower, in much the same way as I would a human form. It’s about emphasising its planes and contours. This exhibition will feature pieces which include David Austin roses and also cherry blossom. I’ve been working long hours to finish the pieces, and it’s very exciting for me.’

The View Gallery

Jennifer Allison is the Gallery Manager at the View Gallery:

‘We’re so proud to be able to share this new collection by Caroline, who is the first solo artist to feature at the View Gallery. While the works are beautiful to see, they also encourage the viewer to look deeper, to notice the small details. And then to reflect on our own perceptions of beauty and the inevitable passing of time. We cannot wait to share her art with as many visitors as possible.’

The purpose of the View Gallery is to share works by professional artists from across the UK, both emerging and established. And further to showcase a range of mediums, styles and prices. The 2024 calendar has already been planned with themes ranging from ‘Earth’ through to ‘Colours’, and even a special Halloween inspired exhibition.

While all the works displayed in the gallery are available to buy, the team are keen to encourage people to come in and view the art, even if they aren’t looking to buy.

The space is a beautiful place to contemplate art works and to find out more about contemporary art,’ Jennifer said.

For more information about the View Gallery, Caroline’s exhibition and other events in 2024 visit https://theviewgallery.co.uk







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