Carrie Ian
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Portfolio 2015

My favourite medium is oil because it allows me time and flexibility to build, develop and manipulate an idea creating a better harmony between thought and final creation. My work is a synthesis of my own personal feelings, inspired by the random, yet harmonious chemistry of nature. It is my visual memory of the world around us. I start a new painting with an emotion, this provides me with a clear sense of direction. I use numerous glazes combined with 'Tempera Grassa' which enables me to create works with depth and luminosity! 

Portfolio 2016

I love the rich quality of oils and the ability to build up colour and depth using numerous glazes. I prefer working large scale on a well prepared deep edge canvas. For the past year I have continued to develope my work using the style and technique of the old masters by using egg tempera grassa, however, I have managed to source a medium that emulates the style and quality of the egg tempera, which I have found to be far less tempremental. 

oil, mixed media
Atmospheric landscapes, rich in colour & texture; oils & mixed media on canvas; prints & greeting cards in my 100-year old summerhouse.
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This summer I will be opening my studio during the 3rd and 4th weekends (16th, 17th & 23rd, 24th July). On show will be new pieces from the ‘Resplendent Lands’ series, using oil, tempera, glazes & mixed media on large, medium and small format deep edge canvas. I continue to further develop the techniques used by the old masters, creating atmospheric landscapes luminous and rich in colour & texture.

I had an extremely successful show last year. I am passionate about my work and I love to create these pieces. I thank you sincerely for your continued support and interest.  

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Best wishes

Carrie Ian x

Personal statement

I was born in Cheshire, but spent most of my younger years travelling due to my father's profession. At the time I disliked it immensly, however, I have grown to realise and appreciate that my varied experiences with language, culture and travel have had a major influence on me as a person and on my professional development. My father was Persian and due to his encouragement I remain biligual and of that I am proud. I have lived in Cambridge since 1976 where I met my husband Neil, also an artist and graphic designer. We have two wonderful sons, two beautiful Alsatians, Miya and Kai and a fluffy and extremely timid cat Florence.

Although music has had a major influence in my life, I pursued a career in the arts and completed the Art Foundation course at Anglia Ruskin in Cambridge. I opted to study graphic design and photography and followed on to study photographic journalism at LSJ in London, during which time I set up Quantum Graphics, a design and communication consultancy, now trading under the name of Cambridge Design Consultants. The business has been trading now for over 27 years, but is now run exclusively by my husband and partner Neil Sutton!

In 1993, I started a publishing company, the Attic Card Company, designing, illustrating and producing greeting cards. In 2003, after 10 successful years, I ceased trading in order to focus my time on creating original, large-scale oil paintings. Today, I write and paint full time in my studio, a little 100-year old summerhouse at the bottom of our garden.