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Caroline Wade

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Birth date   4th August 1979
 
Introduction   Caroline’s artistic training includes a BA Honours degree from the University of Exeter and tuition at the Byam Shaw School of Art. Caroline has also spent, and continues to spend, a considerable amount of time honing her approach to portraiture at the Princes School of Drawing. She comes from a line of painters and her own artistic talent was first recognised at the age of three.  
 
Caroline’s particular ability as a portrait painter became evident while she was studying for her A’levels and at the age of 17 her teachers advised her to submit work to the National Gallery’s prestigious BP portrait award.  
 
For the last few years Caroline has been focussed on honing her portraiture skills and finding her individual ‘voice’ as an artist. Although spending most of her time focussed on development in the studio, her work and refreshing, down-to-earth approach to portraiture has generated column inches within the Independent, the Guardian and the London Paper…among others.  
 
Caroline is 31 and lives and paints in North London.
 
Education   1997 - 2000 - The University of Exeter (BA Hons)
 
Solo Exhibitions   2007 - Crouch End Open Studios  
2008/ 2009 - Borghese Luce Arte
 
Artist's Statement   I want my portraits to fulfil two aims, to be a beautiful reflection of the sitter and to be a work of art in their own right. I like to keep my portraits simple and I feel it is unnecessary to ‘romanticise’ the style of my work to make it attractive. Every sitter has their own unique beauty and I try to represent this as truthfully as I can without convoluting it with a contrived style. My approach is very honest, staying true to what I see with my eyes and using a style that comes naturally to me. Every painting has a life of its own and allowing for the organic and living process which occurs between artist and sitter will create a portrait which is a work of art.  
 
Another trademark of my approach lies in my use of colour. The President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters described me as keeping a “clean palette” in my approach which I feel refers to how my love of colour means I keep it naturally vibrant in my work.  
 
As I am an artist, and not a businesswoman, I take great pride and care in all the work I am commissioned to do, “I am only as good as my last painting.”
 
 

Statement      I would always advise my clients that the best portraits are the result of live sittings with only clothing or background details finished from photographs. Portraits completed in this way look more beautiful and alive, they also allow for the important dynamic between sitter and artist. However, if sitting is an absolute impossibility I am able to produce portraits from photographs but generally charge a bit more for this method of working.  
 
The first phase of the portrait process involves speaking to the client about what they would like and then advising them on the best way to achieve this in terms of size and composition. I would then seek to understand as much about the sitter themselves as I can before deciding on the final plan for the work. This includes some time spent chatting informally to the subject of the portrait before sittings begin.  
 
Sittings would be arranged at a time convenient for the client and, if appropriate, can take place in their home/ work environment. The time it takes to create a portrait varies according to its size and the level of detail a client wants. It is also a piece of art so is not an exact science and I would not finish the process unless I was totally happy with the result. However, to provide an idea, a head and shoulders oil painting from life normally involves around five sittings of 2/3 hours each.  
 
Once the painting is completed I can also organise the final framing of work.

 

Travel nationally    Yes
Travel internationally    Yes
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Prices
 
Portrait Format:
  Drawings   From £ 500    $null
  Head and Shoulders   From £ 1200    $null
Half LengthFrom £ 1600 $null
3/4 LengthFrom £ 2100 $null
Full LengthFrom £ 2600 $null
Double PortraitFrom £ 2400 $null
 
 
The Prices quoted are for the standard mediums of oil on canvas and bronze
(in the case of sculpture).
For other media, prices may vary, please enquire directly with us for more specific quotes.
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Press Quotes
Nick Thorpe, journalist.  
Nick sat for a portrait as part of his attempt to try "52 New Things." The following is a quote from his blog about the experience (May 2010):  
"Caroline has been painting since she was a small child and has honed her technique over the years into a striking and individual style that is both instantly recognisable whilst being totally individual...It is a credit to her talents that she was able to produce something awesome after only a few hours.  
 
When she finally called time...I surprised myself by actually not wanting the session to end. It had been an intriguing journey for a philistine like me to watch someone produce a beautiful sketch and almost an entire oil painting in a matter of hours...  
If you’d like a portrait done of yourself, a loved one or your family, I cannot recommend enough checking out Caroline. She is going to be huge one day."  
 
Ham & High, December 2008  
"Her previous clients have included snooker player Anthony Hamilton who commissioned a portrait of his parents for his father's 60th birthday...she takes inspiration from artists Lucian Freud and Rossetti..."