Artist Feature – Carol Tarn

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Carol Tarn recently exhibited with Muswell Hill Gallery from 25 – 26 September 2021. We took a quick minute to talk to her about her collection and work!

What’s your main practise within art? What mediums do you work within?
I’m an oil painter, working from my studio in Wood Green. I work in portraiture, I teach it from my studio, and lately I’ve also developed a collection of Flora and Fauna paintings within the past 3 years.

So you have different array of pieces, demonstrating your different styles of work: Flora and Fauna collection, along with your Portrait and Vintage Days collections. Would you like to explain a bit more about these?
I have some prints for sale from my vintage days, and they’re all dressed in quite beautiful costumes, as you can see. I’ve created the background that goes around these figures, and they’re all from my imagination. So far, I think there are about 4 or 5 paintings from this collection.

It’s really interesting that you’ve created a portait of Dr Ben Mullish as part of the portraits for the NHS Heroes book, which is to raise money for NHS charities during COVID. Would you like to tell us about that?
During lockdown in March 2020, fellow artist Tom Croft put a callout on Instagram for artists to paint portraits of NHS and Key Workers as a thank you for all the hard work they’re doing. I got involved and I volunteered to take a portrait. Dr Ben Mullish’ fiancee Hillary contacted me, and so, i painted him.
All the portraits made were referenced by photographs, which were supplied, and over 4 or 5 weeks I put the piece together, with liaison from both Ben and Hillary.I then gave the portrait to Ben once lockdown  had finished.

Interview Written by Jasmine Kahlia

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