Carole Freeman (American / Canadian) is a Contemporary Figurative painter known for her narrative pictures and portraits. Freeman 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. 


Shortly after graduating, Freeman negotiated single motherhood, career, and vocation, including administrative and teaching positions in prominent Toronto galleries, several Canadian museums, and educational institutions including Concordia University, Montreal, where she gained expertise in art business and a near encyclopaedic knowledge of art history. Freeman has concentrated exclusively on her painting practice since 2008. Recent solo exhibitions include Portraits of Facebook, 196 portraits of international art and cultural figures, opened by Faceboook Canada executive, 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 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. Print media features have been published in The Globe and Mail, The National PostWinnipeg Free Press, and Studio Visit, as well as the blogs and art news sites ArtDaily NewsletterArtSlantBerkshire News, Los Angeles Magazine, and Visual Art Source.  Grants and awards have been received from the Canada Council, University of Toronto, and Royal College of Art. 


Freeman is represented in galleries in Canada, the US, and the UK where her work can be found in private, corporate, and public collections as well as in Italy and Australia. Her solo exhibition, Unsung, twenty-four portraits of little known or not-known-enough American heroes, is Freeman’s New York debut at Jim Kempner Fine Art. 


Freeman currently works and lives in Toronto, Canada. 



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

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

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.

2011-12    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.


2017          Young Masters, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London, UK

                  Van Der Plas Gallery, New York, NY.

2015          ArtToronto, Gurevich Fine Art, Booth No. C69, Toronto, Canada.

2014          ArtToronto, Gurevich Fine Art, Booth No. 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.



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

2010-11      Blue Leaf Gallery, Nine Watercolour Drawings of Man Friday, Collection: Lord and Lady Glentoran, Dublin, Ireland.

               Harold Green Theatre Company, Portraits of Norman Jewison, David Mirvish, and Ucal Powell, Toronto, Canada.

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

                   Morgan Spurlock, Portrait of Jeremy Chilnick, New York, USA.

2009-10      The Globe and Mail, Facts and Arguments, Editorial Illustrations, Toronto, Canada.

  Private Commission, Portrait of John, Tuscany, Italy.

1980-86      Editorial Illustrations: Montreal Magazine, Feminin Pluriel, Saturday Night Magazine, Quill and Quire.


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

2011          Portrait Painting Workshop, Central Commerce Collegiate, Toronto, Canada.

2012          Canadian Arts Summit, Panelist, Making Art in the Age of New Media, moderated by Janet Carding, Director/CEO, Royal Ontario Museum, The 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, England.

Royal College of Art, London, England.

University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.

York University, Toronto, Canada.

Private Collections: England, Canada, USA, Italy, Ireland, Australia.


2013-15      Visual Art, Toronto District School Board, Toronto, Canada.

1990-2005  Visual Art, Toronto District School Board, Toronto, Canada.

1984-86      Painting and Drawing, Faculty of Visual Art, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec.

1978-91      Painting and Drawing, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Artists in the Schools: Manitoba Arts Council, Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature, Protestant School Board of Greater    

                   Montreal, Art Gallery of Ontario: Toronto, Havergal College: Toronto, North York Board of Education: Toronto, York Montessori School: Toronto, Sunnybrook Medical

                   Centre: Toronto, Upper Canada College: Toronto.


2010-11     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.



artnet news

Editors’ Picks: 14 Things to See in New York This Week, March 12, 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.

Smart Career

Facebook Artist, Dorothy Dobbie. April, 2013.


Exhibition at Leslie Sacks Fine Art in Los Angeles focuses on women's art now. January, 2013.

Globe and Mail

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

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

The National Post

Portraits from Pokes. Danielle Perry, 1 December

Celebrity Apprentice. Katherine Laidlaw, September 2010.

Berkshire Fine Arts

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

Canadian Jewish News

Getting Friended with a Paintbrush. Laura Fixman, December 15, 2011.


Carole Freeman Unplugged. Akimbo Art and Tech Blog, James Fowler, April 10, 2012.

Global Paint Party. Otino Corsano Blogspot. 5 January 2012.

Carole Freeman. ArtStars, Nadja Sayej