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by Caroline Bays
1978 – 1979 Farnham School of Art & Design
1979 – 1982 Epsom School of Art & Design 1979-1982
2004 – 2006 Roehampton University
2014-15 Brian Sinfield Gallery, Burford, Oxon.
1998/99/02/03/05-07/10-14 The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London.
1997/99/01-03/06-14 The Pastel Society, Mall Galleries, London.
2013-14 Quest Gallery, Bath, Wiltshire.
2013 Biennale-Vire, Normandy, France. (Guest Artist)
2013 Lynn Painter- Stainers Prize, Mall Galleries.
2012-15 Royall Fine Art, Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
2012-15 The Russell Gallery, Putney, London.
2011 Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Competition, Kings Place Gallery, London.
2011 Beldam Gallery, Brunel University, Uxbridge.
2009/10 John Adams Fine Art, Ebury Galleries, London.
2005 The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
2004-06 The Anderson Gallery, Burford, Oxon.
2004-06 Alan Klukow Fine Art, Sunningdale, Berkshire.
2001-03 The Fosse Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire.
2002-04 The Cedar House Gallery, Ripley, Surrey.
2002 The Hunting Prize, Royal College of Art, London.
2001/2002 The Affordable Art fair, Battersea, London.
2000-03 The Bourne Gallery, Reigate, Surrey.
2000 The Garrick Milne Prize, Christies, London.
1999/2000 Waterman Fine Art, St. James’s, London.
1999/2000 Century Gallery, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire.
1998/99/2005/08 The New English Art Club, Mall Galleries, London.
The Robert Phillips Gallery, Riverhouse, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.
Paintings & Drawings 2012, 2007, 2004, 2002.
The drawings that I exhibit at the Pastel Society are mainly portraits and nudes in either charcoal or chalk pastels. They are the result of intense observation with attention to detail and meticulous mark making.
I endeavour to show a sense of humanity to my portraits and nudes whether it is a sense of peace and calm or an underlying tension; and I hope this is portrayed in the work. I like the impact of charcoal on white paper which has a timeless quality. However, when I do use colour I enjoy showing the subtleties of skin colouring with a fairly limited palette.
Method of Working:
I always work from the model when drawing and enjoy the linear qualities of charcoal, particularly charcoal pencil which is good for detail,
I also like the texture of Fabriano paper which helps to emphasise my line. When I work in pastel it is with a limited palette, making use of the tone of the paper.