Interesting Review About Carol Hiles

“My subject matter is public gardens. I am interested in the construction of parks as spaces; the arrangement of natural and man-made forms which combine a sense of liberty with confinement. I enjoy the encounter with formality with vivid nature. Small scale drawings are made on the spot; it is important for me to start with direct and often close observation of reality. Back in the studio these are arranged and reformed using abstracted space and colour to create another environment and experience. In these works, natural, manufactured or manicured elements can be regarded as performers in a drama. The fusion of reality and invention continues to intrigue me and to act as an echo of the contrivance and gloriousness of gardens. They are controlled and yet seductive landscapes. My paintings mirror the organisation of these places whilst celebrating their form,surface and colour.”

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