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C. Carol Saxe is an award winning artist whose paintings and prints are sold worldwide. The artist has been awarded the Joel E. Smilow Foundation Award for Painting at the prestigious Juried Annual at the Silvermine Arts Center in Connecticut and won the Salmagundi Club Award for Representational Painting at the C.L.W.A.C. Annual Exhibit at the National Arts Club in NYC.

Saxe’s work has been published by the New York Graphics Society, Galaxy of Graphics, Inc. and Fairfield Publishing. Her paintings include architectural paintings of New York City Brownstones, Paris and local architecture of the East End.

The Hampton’s paintings often focus on capturing the special East End lifestyle and include the whimsical “dog art” paintings.

The artist’s work is represented in many collections, including the Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton.



 

Artist's Statement

 


I have been intensely affected by visual stimuli for as long as I can remember, recording my impressions in drawings and paintings. People, places, windows, doors, boats and water have been constant themes throughout my art. The oceans and bays that I have spent my life sailing on and observing and the beaches I walk daily with my dogs have infused a sensibility which translates into my paintings.

For me painting is like magic, creating illusion, evoking memories and feelings. I am excited by skillfully handled paint and constantly exploring new ways to develop my work. Like a scientist exploring the universe, the act of painting helps me to better see and experience my environment. I am always searching for better ways to communicate the feelings and visual complexity I see in the settings I choose to create and try to bring a fresh and unique approach to better depict that which inspires my paintings initially. I use shadows and dramatic light to enhance the architectural realism. In other representational paintings I use reflections, playful compositions and added elements to better communicate the feelings the setting inspired.

My paintings often include windows and doors, both looking out and looking in, referencing the viewer in the painting and creating visual passages for the eye to wander in and around the composition. The viewer is invited to come into the illusion and complete the picture in their own mind and emotional context. To create a mood and draw the viewer in, I often add elements to an existing setting. Signs of human activity almost always appear often in my landscapes and scenes.

The Dogs on the Beach paintings were inspired by the canine scene at the local beaches and depicted the dogs pretty much as they are or as I envision them to be; playing, swimming, socializing and sunning themselves. Their privileged lifestyle is a social commentary of our times. I hope that in addition to enjoying these paintings visually, people will experience a change in their sensibility to both these animals and others.

My paintings tell a story. I am moved by the beauty of my surroundings, intimate architecture that invites one to sit, enjoy and reflect, the joy of our animals running free. I am passionate about our stewardship of our environment and our animal life. My goal is to accurately reflect this slice of time and place that I inhabit and to enrich those around me with images that resonate.

Carol Saxe


 

BFA University of Michigan, 1971
MA Columbia University, 1975


RECENT ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS
Chrysalis Gallery, Southampton, NY
2013, 2014, 2015
Pandion Gallery, Fishers Island, NY
2010
Delaney Cooke Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY
2009
East End Books/ Gallery and Music, East Hampton, NY
2008
Christopher Gallery, Stony Brook, NY  
2007, 2004
Mark Humphrey Gallery, Southampton, NY
2005
Kerygma Gallery, Ridgewood, NJ
1990, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2004, 2005
National Arts Club, Gregg Gallery, New York, NY
1997
L'Atelier Gallery, Piermont, NY
1995, 1996
Rockefeller Townhouse, New York, NY
1991
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Chrysalis Gallery, Southampton, NY
2009-2015
Pandion Gallery, Fishers Island, NY
2010-2015
Bartholomew Gallery, Chatham, MA
2013-2014
Delaney Cooke Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY
2009
Anderson Gallery, Locust Valley, NY
2006-2007
Frost & Reed Gallery, New York, NY
2006
Mark Humphrey Gallery, Southampton, NY
2003-2006
Hudson River Art Gallery, Piermont, NY
1996 - 2007
Kerygma Gallery, Ridgewood, NJ
1989, 1991, 1992, 1994 - 2006
Gallery North, Local Color, Setauket, NY
2003
Sundance Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
1995 - 1997
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Annual Exhibition, National Arts Club, NY                                
1995, 1997
Perry Art Gallery, Soho, New York, NY
1996 - 1998
The Newark Museum, Artists' Night Benefit at Hertz Corp., Park Ridge, NJ
1994, 1996, 1998
L'Atelier Gallery, Piermont, NY
1995, 1996
Silvermine Guild, Juried Annual, New Canaan, CT
1995
Lumina Gallery, Soho, New York, NY
1993
Lever House, New York, NY
1983, 1990, 1993
Nabisco Brands Gallery, East Hanover, NJ
1981, 1987, 1992
Somerville Manning Gallery, Greenville, DE
1992
Images Gallery, Briarcliff, NY
1989 - 1991
Jewel Spiegel Galleries, Englewood, NJ
1987 - 1989
Art Gallery of Stamford, CT
1987, 1988
Bloomingdale's "Odyssey 80," Hackensack, NJ
1980
Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
1979
Morris Museum of Arts and Sciences, Morristown, NJ
1978
University of Michigan, Rackham Galleries, Ann Arbor, MI
1971
MUSEUM COLLECTION
Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton,NY
HONORS AND AWARDS
Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton,NY, Honorable Mention  Member Show-Juror Elizabeth Sussman      
2013
Silvermine Guild Arts Center, Juried Annual, Painting Award #2
The Joel E. Smilow Foundation Award for Painting from Juror Andre Emmerich
1995
Salmagundi Club Award for Representational Painting;
C.L.W.A.C. Annual Exh., The National Arts Club
1995
Best Dan’s Papers Cover
2012
Juror, Bergen County Teen Arts Festival for Visual Arts
1987 - 1989
PUBLICATIONS
Paintings of the Hamptons, Carol Saxe
2009
The Dog Lovers’ Guide to the Good Life, illustrated and co written by Carol Saxe
2008
The New York Dog Magazine, “My Dog’s a Beach,” pages 86,87
 July 2005
Cover Artist, Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons Pet Calendar
2006
Cover Artist, Dan’s Papers, Bridgehampton, NY 
4/26/2002, 4/9/2004, 6/24/2005, 5/11/2012, 5/2014, 11/14/2014
Fairfiled Publishing: 12 Poster Editions
2012-2013
Galaxy of Graphics: 26 Poster Editions
2001-2004
NY Graphics Society: Poster Editions "Shades of Gramercy Park" &"City in Bloom"
1997
Venice Gulf Coast Living, The Pleasures of Art, March 2011, pages 11-13
March 2011

PROFESSIONAL REFERENCE

Biographical information collected in the vertical file at the Watson Library,
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY