Artist Spotlight :: Inspiring Art by Carol Surface

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Artist’s Statement

My art invites the viewer to explore the psyche and its diverse states of being.  The work mirrors the richly-layered tapestry of my urban environment: billboards and sidewalks provide the visual metaphors while my own experiences and a life spent analyzing the origins, complexities and patterns of human behavior provide the themes.   I work expressionistically to create imagery that weaves a multi-layered tapestry that speaks of abiding needs and desires.  Whether I’m working in acrylic, printmaking, collage, watercolor or using my own poetry or using some favorite song lyrics, I create a sort of subliminal chaos, letting the piece tell me what it wants and needs in order to tell the story I need to tell.  Sometimes this process can take hours, often it takes years.  The completed work evolves to becomes its own living statement, singular and independent in its meaning yet familiar and universal in its message.

~ Carol Surface

Carol Surface was born in Ohio and grew up in Florida. Her acrylic paintings and multi-layered wall sculptures incorporate painting, printmaking, photography and original verse. A Californian since 1988, she has exhibited at museums and galleries including the Palm Springs Desert Museum, Lankershim Arts Center, Hammer Museum group show, Brand Library, Brevard Art Center and Museum, Eleonore Austerer Fine Art Gallery and 626 gallery. Her studio is on the annual Venice Art Walk tour.

Her teaching positions have included Santa Monica College, Palos Verdes Art Center and studio classes throughout California. Her works are in many private and corporate collections including those of Ray Bradbury, Susan Sullivan, Doug and Fiona Stone, Daniel Stern, Dr. Peter Whybrow, City of Beverly Hills and Woodfin Suites Hotels. She was graduated from the University of Central Florida, summa cum laude. Carol Surface’s art and her writings about the nature of making art have been published in numerous books, magazines and newspapers. Since 1999 she has been listed in many Who’s Who directories including Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in Education and Who’s Who in the World.

To view more of Carol’s work, visit her collections online at carolsurfacestudio.com

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