These transporting portraits are beautiful meditations in paint on great women and men… Each is rendered lovingly and intensely; the works impart that the chariot to greatness comes in many forms and that every artist is also one of these mighty figures, laboring with passion in private shadows.  Jerry Saltz, New York Magazine, April 15, 2018.

Carole Freeman (American / Canadian) grew up in Winnipeg, Canada and attended the Royal College of Art in London, UK (M.A., Painting). She displayed an early disposition towards portraiture, frequently drawing and painting from memory, people she observed in daily life. 


Recent solo exhibitions include: Unsung, Jim Kempner Fine Art, NY.; Portraits of Facebook, 196 portraits of international art and cultural figures (opened by the managing director of Facebook Canada); Something About Winnipeg, reviewed as an epic undertaking… the Summa of a city…the jewel in the crown”; and three media grabbing exhibitions of celebrity portraits featured during the Toronto International Film Festival. Freeman has received international recognition through Los Angeles group exhibitions with David Hockney, Elizabeth Peyton, Frank Auerbach, Picasso, Matisse, Lautrec, and Klimt, and the shortlist exhibitions for Young Masters Art Prize 2017 in London, UK. Freeman was invited to present her art practice to the chief executives, artistic directors, and board chairs of Canada’s 50 largest not-for-profit cultural institutions on the panel Making Art in the Age of New Media at the bi-yearly Canadian Arts Summit in Banff, Canada.

Commissions include those by New York art critics Jerry Saltz and Roberta Smith, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, Los Angeles art dealer Leslie Sacks, and Lord and Lady Glentoran, Dublin, Ireland. Media features and reviews have been published in New York Magazine, The Guardian, Wall Street International, Artnet News, ArtDaily Newsletter, ArtSlant, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Winnipeg Free Press, and Los Angeles Magazine.  Grants and awards have been received from the Canada Council, University of Toronto, and Royal College of Art.

Grants and awards have been received from the Canada Council, University of Toronto, and Royal College of Art. Freeman is represented by Jim Kempner Fine Art in New York and galleries in Boston - USA, London - UK, and Canada, where her work is represented in private, corporate, and public collections as well as collections in Italy and Australia.


 Freeman will be a visiting artist at Brown University in November, 2018. She currently works and lives in Toronto, Canada and New York, NY. 



1991    Bachelor of Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

1980    Master of Arts, Royal College of Art, School of Painting, London, England.

1977    Bachelor of Fine Arts Honors (Dean’s Honors List), University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada


2018         Unsung, Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York, NY

2016         Something About Winnipeg, Gurevich Fine Art, Winnipeg, Canada.

                 Selections 2012-2016, Walnut Contemporary, Toronto, Canada.

2011         Portraits of Facebook, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, Canada.

                 Doing the Docs, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Toronto International Film Festival

                 Headquarters, Toronto, Canada.

2010         If the Paparazzi Could Paint (Part II), Hyatt Regency Hotel, Toronto

                 International Film Festival Official Headquarters, Toronto, Canada.

                 If the Paparazzi Could Paint (Part I), Rebecca Gallery, Toronto, Canada.


2018          Art New York, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, Booth ANY225, New York, NY.

2017          Young Masters, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London, UK.

                  Art +, Van Der Plas Gallery, New York, NY.

2015          ArtToronto, Gurevich Fine Art, Booth C69, Toronto, Canada.

2014          ArtToronto, Gurevich Fine Art, Booth 1114, Toronto, Canada.

                  Classical Values: Modern and Contemporary Drawing, Leslie Sacks Fine

                  Art, Los Angeles, California.

                  A Celebration of Women’s Art, Gurevich Fine Art, Winnipeg, Canada.

2013          Women’s Art Now, Leslie Sacks Fine Art, Los Angeles, California.

2012          Art Takes Times Square, New York, New York.



2018           Portrait Commission Donation, The Glass House, New Canaan, CT.

2016-18      Three paintings for Collection Jerry Saltz (Senior Art Critic, New York

                    Magazine) and Roberta Smith (Senior Art Critic, NY Times), New York, NY.

2014           Twins Series, Private Collection, Toronto, Canada.

2012           Portrait of Leslie Sacks published in African Art from the Leslie Sack Collection, Skira.

2010-11      Nine Drawings of Man Friday, commissioned by Blue Leaf Gallery for Lord

                   and Lady Glentorran, Dublin, Ireland.

       Portraits of Norman Jewison, David Mirvish, and Ucal Powell, Harold Green

                   Theatre Company, Toronto, Canada.

       Four Paintings of Bert, Private Collection, Toronto, Canada.

       Portrait of Jeremy Chilnick, Commissioned by Morgan Spurlock, New York.

                   Canadian Film Centre, Toronto International Film Festival Silent Auction, Toronto, Canada.

                   Rally for Kids with Cancer, Event and Auction, Faces of Hope, oil, acrylic and graphite on panel, 8 x 8 ft, (concept and creation of mural with celebrities, sponsors, patients,

                   and families participation raising $18,000), Sick Kids Hospital, Toronto, Canada.


2018        Brown University, Visiting Artist Talk, Providence, RI, November 7, 2018.

2016            Portrait of the Artist, interviewed by Alison Gilmore, Free Press News Cafe, Winnipeg, Canada

2012            Canadian Arts Summit, Guest Panelist, Making Art in the Age of New

                    Media, moderated by Janet Carding, Director Royal Ontario Museum, Banff

                    Centre, Canada.

                    Portrait Painting Party, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, Canada.


1990         University of Toronto, Visual Art Award, Faculty of Education, Toronto, Canada.

1982         Canada Council, Project Cost Grant, Montreal, Canada.  

1980         La Cite Internationale des Arts, Four Month Residency, Paris, France.

1979         Royal College of Art, Travel Award, Italy.

1978         Canada Council, Project Cost Grant, London, England.


Art Bank, Ottawa, Canada. Continental Oil Company, London, UK. Royal College of Art, London, UK.

University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. York University, Toronto, Canada.

Private Collections: UK, Canada, Italy, Ireland, Australia, USA including Guy and Nora Barron, Jerry Saltz and Roberta Smith, Morgan Spurlock, Leslie Sacks, Stefan Olsson (Stena), and Brian Levitt (Chair Emeritus, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts).


New York Magazine

To Do: April 18–May 2, 2018. Jerry Saltz, April 15, 2018.

The Guardian
Unsung heroes: portraits of figures who deserve artistic recognition. Nadja Sayej, March 16, 2018.

Wall Street International

Carole Freeman, 17 Mar — 22 Apr 2018 at Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York. March 28, 2018.

Artnet News

Editors’ Picks: 14 Things to See in New York This Week. Sarah Cascone, March 12 and April 16, 2018.

Winnipeg Free Press

Painting the Faces of Winnipeg. Alison Gilmore, October 31, 2016.

Canadian Art

Must-Sees This Week: November 3 to 9, 2016. November 3, 2016.


Carole Freeman’s Selections 2012-2016 at Walnut Contemporary. David Saric, August, 2016.


Surprise Appearances. Gary Michael Dault, Summer Issue, 2016.

Globe and Mail

Carole Freeman Finds Her Muse on Facebook. James Adams, 2 December 2011.

Carole Freeman's Facebook Friends. December 2, 2011.

The National Post

Portraits from Pokes. 1 December 2011.

Celebrity Apprentice. 9 September 2010.

Berkshire Fine Arts

Friend Me: Portraits and Projects, Carole Freeman. 22 January 2012.

Canadian Jewish News

Getting Friended With a Paintbrush. 15 December 2011.

Akimbo Art and Tech

Carole Freeman Unplugged. James Fowler, April 10, 2012.

Otino Corsano

Global Paint Party. 5 January 2012.


Carole Freeman. Nadja Sayej, 2 December 2011.

The Star Blogs

Pretty As a Picture. 15 September 2011.


Friend Me at The Edward Day Gallery. Here and Now, CBC Radio, 1 December 2011.