Carole Shubotham Biography
I was a full time student of the National College of Art when it was in Kildare Street and a part time student at the Art Therapy summer school, Crawford College of Art & Design Cork. More recently I completed a drawing Marathon with Graham Nickson at the New York Studio Schoolof drawing, painting and sculpture.
I am a member of the United Arts Club in Dublin and the Visual Artists Association and was an active member of the Donnybrook Art Studio.
For many years I attended figure drawing in Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology with Mary Burke.
I think art is a bit like learning to write - we can recognise our friends style of writing. The same is true of painting and drawing.
I love colour and it is an important part of my work. I try to create energy in all of my work, getting my inspiration from the sea, nature and the female figure.
Carole Shubotham - Siobhan Long, Critic, The Irish Times
Colour and texture define Carole’s work. Her pictures tell a multitude of tales, each one a result of the artist’s own free spirited style and the viewer’s idiosyncratic response to her work. There’s a deep sensuality at play in Carole’s work. It’s there in the fluid lines of her life drawings, in her love of primal colours and in her unforced relationship with the rural landscapes that increasingly feature in her canvasses. If the mark of an artist is the extent to which his or her work evokes a response from the viewer, then Carole Shubotham’s journey from painstaking draftswoman to provocative expressionist is one that’s been well worthwhile. Look at her Burren landscapes and see the heathery grape, the autumnal gold and the peat brown hues spring to life; glance at her life drawings, particularly of the female form and relish her celebration of an essential, life-giving force. Carole’s work glories in the journey, not the destination: in that step into the unknown, where bold imagination holds sway and where, as Paddy Kavanagh reminded us, ‘life pours ordinary plenty’.
Client Testimonial | Fiona O'Brien (Author)
The first thing that impressed me about Carole Shubotham’s work was the sheer diversity. Initially, I had been drawn to her landscapes: from olive groves slumbering beneath a Tuscan sun - to the wild windswept Burren Co Clare and crashing waves of the Atlantic, in the west of Ireland. But that was before I discovered the nudes...male and female, reclining or recumbent, pensive or agile - each body’s subtle energy resonating uncannily from the canvas. And then of course, there are the abstracts, my current favourites - vibrant, cheeky, slashes of colour - or somnolent, mysterious combinations of figures, landscapes and textures. The work is a wonderful melee of emotions and expressions: exuberant, joyful, sometimes turbulent and pensive. A rollercoaster experience - rather like the artist herself...
Please scroll across to view some of the lovely coments from my "Recession Exhibition" in Geelong, Australia.
I have worked on a number of commissions
• Dublin Civic Trust
• Peter Sheridan, Writer & Playwright
• The Royal Dublin Society
• The Irish Embassy, Singapore
• Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre
• Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition
• Tram Yard Gallery, Dalkey
• Cong Art Gallery, Mayo
• Spiller Gallery, Dublin 4
• St. Michaels Hospital, Dublin
• The United Arts Club, Dublin
• The Cherry Lane Gallery, Delgany
• Hunter Dunn, Mullingar
• Bad Art Gallery, Dublin
• Gallery Monte Castello de Vibio Todi, Italy
• Greystones Art Trail
• Ringsend Garda Station
• Michael Byrnes, Sandymount