Caroline Taylor had her first solo exhibition at Fine Art Kangaroo Island with Reflections of an Island in 2010. The exhibition featured men of the land and the lands they had sought to caretake. One of our most successful exhibitions, it was almost a sell out.
Drawing has been a big part of Caroline’s life. Although she chose pre-school education as a vocation, over the years she has filled many a book with portraits of interesting people and sketches of outback landscapes which she loves so much.
In 2007 she reversed her career decision and, committed to developing her artistic skills full time, began commuting weekly between Western River on Kangaroo Island and the Adelaide Central School of Art where she undertook her studies for a degree in Visual Art.
Caroline has a particular interest in landscape painting — but these are landscapes with an uncomfortable edge to them. We sold her first painting commercially in our gallery in 2009. Titled Time to go, it sold immediately it went on display. In it Caroline beautifully portrayed the steep cliffs of the Island’s north coast and captured the moody tension between a looming storm front and an unaware angler fishing on dangerous rocks at the waterline.
The beauty of Kangaroo Island has long inspired Caroline. She has spent considerable time at her husband’s family home at Rocky Point. But with the purchase of the old Western River homestead five years ago, it is the North Coast now that Caroline finds particularly interesting.
Currently on exhibit at the Kangaroo Island Airport (KGC)
Both of these tree paintings eptomise the detail Caroline loves observing over time in her beloved Western River area of Kangaroo Island. She finds beauty and resilience in the hardiness of life on the edge of this remote part of the island. Many artists focus on Kangaroo Island in their artwork, Caroline drills it down even further… to this one part of the north west coast.
I love to paint and am very much inspired by the seasonally-changing landscape of endless rolling hills, deep gullies and hidden beaches of Kangaroo Island’s north coast where our farmhouse is. Painting gives me the opportunity to immerse myself in this landscape; to contemplate its beauty and wonder at the fleeting transience of our time here and the resilience of hardy survivors like this very much admired broken tree, that has formed this unique and very recognizable form
About Rockpool I and Rockpool II
At the base of the eastern headland of Western River Cove, ancient striated rock-ledges form a wondrous intertidal series of rockpools. The rocky walls of the pools have deep cavities providing protection for rock-crabs, tiny fish, shrimps, sea-anemones and all sorts of marine life. Limpets and sea-snails cling to the rocks and the tidal edge is marked by lines of white worm casings. Marine vegetation, ferns, ribbons and kelp decorate the walls and swish backwards and forwards with the waves.
Other works by Caroline Taylor
Fine Art Kangaroo Island is proud to represent Caroline Taylor and holds other works of hers in our Kingscote Gallery.
Also see: Hand Coloured Photographs
For enquiries about Caroline Taylor’s work contact our curator Fleur Peters using the information on our Contact page.