SELECTIONS  2012 – 2016

August 4 – 27, 2016


Toronto, Canada

Walnut Contemporary is pleased to present a selection of paintings by guest Canadian artist, Carole Freeman, a painter of people and narrative pictures. Her imagery combines clinical study, empathy, humour, and ironic juxtaposition, sometimes referencing Old and Modern Masters.

SELECTIONS 2012 – 2016 is curated from three bodies of work:

Something About Winnipeg 

(previewing November, 2016 solo exhibition in Winnipeg)

Winnipeg émigré, Carole Freeman, investigates and surrenders to her hometown’s enduring significance and influence through a selection from 48 gray-scale portraits of prominent ‘Peggers’ (with a nod to Richter’s 48 Portraits), portraits of meaningful objects, a triptych about her father - surgeon and inventor, and a large history painting.

The Green Couch

Situated in an art studio, the green couch created curious tableaux and mise-en-scenes of teenage behaviours. The positions and gestures of present-day figures with historical artworks as backdrops generate both intended and accidental meanings.

Dear Art World

Salutation, term of endearment, price (monetary, psychological), or exclamation? Dear Art World is Freeman’s pictorialization of the contemporary world of art in six parts: The Artists, The Dealers, The Critics, Collectors and Curators, Conversations, and The Fairs. The selections for this exhibition depict prominent art world figures as counterparts to sitters in historic master paintings, art fair attendees with contemporary art, a critic with his words, and a portrait of an iconic Canadian artist.


About the Artist

Born in St. Boniface (now Winnipeg), Canada, Carole Freeman holds an MA from the School of Painting, Royal College of Art, London, England, which included a residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris.

Freeman has participated in art fairs, solo and group exhibitions in London, New York, Toronto, Montreal, and Winnipeg, as well as two recent Los Angeles shows with work by Helen Frankenthaler, Elizabeth Peyton, Picasso, Matisse, Lautrec, Klimt, and David Hockney. Past solo exhibitions in Toronto include three shows of celebrity portraits featured during the Toronto International Film Festival (2010 and 2011) and an exhibition of 196 portraits sourced from social media profile photos, Portraits of Facebook, Edward Day Gallery (2011-2012). Freeman presented her art practice at The Canadian Arts Summit (2012), The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada, as a member of the panel Making Art in the Age of New Media, moderated by Janet Carding, former Director CEO, Royal Ontario Museum. Paintings have been commissioned by film director Morgan Spurlock and for the collection of Lord and Lady Glentoran, Ireland.

Surprise Appearances, a sixteen-page profile of Freeman’s paintings written by Gary Michael Dault, was published in Arabella, Summer Issue, 2016. Freeman’s work has also been featured in The Globe and Mail, The National Post, and Now Magazine, as well as blogs and websites such as Artsy, ArtDaily Newsletter, ArtSlant, Akimbo Art and Tech Blog, ArtStars, Berkshire News, Los Angeles Magazine, Visual Art Source, and Canadian Art Database. Freeman is the recipient of several awards and grants including the Canada Council. Her work is represented in private, corporate, and public collections in the U.S.A., Canada, England, Ireland, Italy, and Australia.

Freeman presently lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 4, 2016, 5 – 8 pm

Walnut Contemporary

201 Niagara Street (entrance at side lane) 

Toronto, Ontario, M5V 1C9

+1 416 271 6599

Ibérina Raquel Vilhena, Director & Curator



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