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Yorkshire Artists In The Spotlight: Carole Gaunt
Simon Bartle, Visual Arts Correspondent
Carole Gaunt was born in Harrogate, and now lives on the edge of Baildon Moor.

A self-taught artist, Carole is inspired by the flowers and plants that grow in
her garden, and by those that are to be found in Yorkshire hedgerows. The intensity of her images, both in colour and replicative design, is sometimes interpreted as a reflection of her own awareness of her immediate surroundings, and that inference is absolutely correct. Her mantra is: 'we are so lucky to live in Yorkshire, a county which inspires my artwork with its dramatic landscapes with its rich flora and fauna.'

Carole's works are gloriously rich representations of intensely repeated, and embellished floral arrangements. Carole enjoys using 'rich vibrant colours in her pictures portraying, in particular, a modern interpretation of the flowers and plants.' Her works are predominantly, but not exclusively pen and watercolour.

Each of her paintings are in some sense a rich landscape, and they have a rhythm, which provokes a personal response. They relax the soul, and at the same time make us rejoice in the colour and form, which her work celebrates. This is thoughtful picture building at its very best. Carole has a style of her own. A 'Gaunt' is immediately recognisable as a 'Gaunt'. Pure and simple images culled from nature, but with a lusciousness that is totally unique. Gorgeous paintings, raw and uncompromising. They are all undoubtedly the product of a 'Yorkshire Lass', born and bred, with her own distinctive brand.

She has exhibited widely, and her work can now be found in several private collections, and her recent exhibitions include:

Calderdale Open 2018/2019
Hebden Bridge – Winter Wonderland Exhibition 2018
Art England – Roundhay Mansions 2018/2019
Boston Spa Arts Festival 2018
Gallery Steel Works – Botany Exhibition 2018/2019
The Great North Art Shown – Ripon Cathedral 2018
Ilkley Art Show 2018
Bradford Open 2017

Carole is next exhibiting in the forthcoming North Yorkshire Open Studios in early June(1st ,2nd, 8th and 9th, 2019)

The Duchess of Devonshire, DL is Patron of North Yorkshire Open Studios (NYOS), and she encourages us all to support the event and 'to visit the places that we have never visited before, and discover the wealth of creative talent to be found.'

This will be the thirteenth North Yorkshire Open Studios event, with 101 exhibiting artists showcasing their work at venues situated all across North Yorkshire from Whitby and Scarborough in the east, to Clapham and Burton in Lonsdale in the west.

Go on put the dates in your diary now, and go and see not only Carole's paintings, but also the works of her fellow contemporaries. For full details of all the venues and the exhibiting artists please visit: www.nyos.org.uk

Web: https://www.carolegaunt.com/

Also by Simon Bartle...
The Hepworth Wakefield Garden Promotes Sustainability And Ecological Diversity
Giuliana Lazzerini: Solo Exhibition
Yorkshire Sculpture International At The Hepworth Wakefield
Houses: Extraordinary Living
A Contemporary Collection: Sculpture & Materials
North Yorkshire Open Studios 2019
Dates: June 1,2,8 and 9, 2019

Viewing Address for Carole's work:
Sword Point Farm, Jack Hill, Norwood, Otley, LS21 2QY

Directions:
From Harrogate; head west on Otley Road; 1stleft at mini roundabout; 1stright onto Norwood Lane; after 3.6 miles turn left onto B6451; 1stright onto Brat Lane; continue for 1.5 miles baring right at fork in road; arrive at destination on right.

Parking: Onsite parking for 20 cars
Access: Steps to part of studio, steps from parking, cobbled yard, uneven surfaces surrounding building
Toilets: Onsite in house via steps

For Further Information for this and other venues
Please visit: www.nyos.org.uk

Yorkshire Artists In The Spotlight: Carole Gaunt, 15th May 2019, 21:44 PM