Caroline's subversive and humorous portraits combine time honoured techniques with postmodern sensibilities. Playing with the notion of traditional portraiture, her striking paintings juxtapose the classic with the contemporary. The cropping and scale often give a challenging edge to Caroline's work, whilst the delicate and detailed rendering captures each idiosyncrasy of the sitter. Her focus on flamboyant costumes, and use of ostentatious decoration, infuse her work with a sense of grandeur punctuated with elements of kitsch and theatricality. Caroline's technical aptitude and thought-provoking imagery, combine to produce memorable and imaginative characters. Her recent still life paintings reference medieval icon paintings, with their jewel-like beauty and detail.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training 2003 - Postgraduate Diploma (BTEC) Arts management and Practice, Hotbath Gallery, Bath, England 1999 - BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, Cardiff Solo exhibitions 2010 - 'Time, Tradition and Travesty' -? Solo Show By Caroline Rudge, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold Group exhibitions 2012 - Holburne Portrait Prize 2012, Holburne Museum, Bath 2010 - The Holburne Portrait Prize 2010, Chapel Row Gallery, Bath 2008 - The Holburne Portrait Prize, Chapel Row Gallery, Bath 2008 - Welsh Portrait Award, Various venues throughout Wales during 2008 - 09, Wales 2006 - The Dukes Contemporary Portrait Prize, Holburne Museum, Bath Curated projects 2003 - the art of reinvention, Hotbath Gallery, Bath, England Private commissions 2005 - Design, murals and artwork for newly modernised restaurant, Centurion Hotel - Cubros Restaurant, Midsomer Norton, Bath 2003 - Large Murals and Paintings for refurbished restaurant, The Olde Bath Arms, Frome, England Corporate commissions 2008 - Two large paintings commissioned, Standard Chartered Bank Headquarters, London