Carolyn Parton

Parton holds a BA Fine Art cum laude (2008) from the University of South Africa. Her research article Extended Traces: Tracking the impact of painter upon environment was published in 2010. Since 2006 she has been exploring paint as matter. Collecting spent paint — particularly that which has a backstory — from local housepainters to acclaimed international artists, she develops methods to reclaim this paint, incorporating it as remnant of environment in her art.

She has had 3 solo exhibitions, most recent being at Sulger-Buel Lovell Gallery in London, with a preview solo at Cape Town Art Fair (2015). She has taken part in numerous group exhibitions. Her work is included in collections such as Southern African Foundation for Contemporary Art, University of Cape Town, University of South Africa and The Constitutional Court of South Africa. Prior to practising full time as an artist, she worked as a creative director in the design industry. She was born in Cape Town where she lives and works.

Born in Cape Town (1964)

EDUCATION

2008 – BA Fine Art cum laude, University of South Africa
1985 – Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design, Cape Town University of Technology

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1997 – Emergence, Amani Gallery, Stellenbosch
2009 – Release, X-Cape (privately held), Cape Town
2015 – This remembering land (edited) Sulger-Buel Lovell, Cape Town Art Fair
2015 – This remembering land, Sulger-Buel Lovell, London

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2010 – Spier Contemporary finalists, City Hall, Cape Town
2011 – Transcodes, Unisa Gallery, Pretoria
2011 – Threshold, Michaelis Gallery, Cape Town
2012 – Terra Pericolosa, Fried Contemporary, Pretoria
2014 – What’s going on? Lovell Gallery, Cape Town
2014 – Imago Mundi (Map of the New Art) Luciano Benetton Collection, Ca’ dei Carraresi, Treviso, Italy and Museo Carlo Bilotti, Rome
2015 – Terra Oliewenhuis Museum, Bloemfontein
2015 – Imago Mundi (Map of the New Art) Luciano Benetton Collection, Foundation Cini, Isola do San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice

COLLECTIONS

The Constitutional Court of South Africa Art Collection
University of South Africa Permanent Art Collection
University of Cape Town Permanent Art Collection
Southern African Foundation for Contemporary Art

PUBLISHED RESEARCH

2010 – Extended Traces: Tracking the impact of painter upon environment, De Arte Journal

PUBLICATIONS

2012 – Let Sleeping Dogs Lie: Visual Expressions Of Burial As Loss Of Teleology, Prof. E. Dreyer (paper presented at Oxford University)
2015 – Transcodes, Dr G. Miller (in publication)

Artworks in the SAFFCA Collection