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dorothea carr biography

There is a gentle subtlety to Dorothea's work which at times gives it an almost Oriental feel, especially in the still lives with plants, beautifully expressed with delicate strokes and sensitive lines.  Her favoured mediums are watercolour and oils, and she utilises both with dexterity and expressive freedom. Her palette is varied and dynamic; ranging from a subtle, almost sombre tonal of muted shades and vanishing horizons, capturing the pale pastel iridescence of our British coasts and adding drama with deep shadows and strongly drawn forms and figures that draw the times human figures engrossed in conversations, at others the forlorn form of a single groyne occupying the endless space around it. In other works her brush fires with vivid shades of cobalt red and jade, creating the flare of colour in an autumn hedge and the sapphire depths of a deep pool. 

Always there is a deftness and an almost palpable emotion in her work, giving the viewer the sense of a moment caught and held, a glimpse through a secret window or a fleeting peek at a conversation, leaving one yearning for more and avidly studying the composition for a clue. Subtle yet compelling, elegant and ethereal. 

Dorothea has exhibited at The Tate Gallery and Lethaby Gallery in London, The Victoria Gallery in Bath and the National Gallery of Mongolia.  She also occasionally exhibits at Aubergine Art in Wimbledon and the Russell Gallery, Lower Richmond Road, London.  

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