Caroline Bellamy is a young emerging New Zealand artist who recently graduated from the IIam School of Fine Arts in Christchurch. Born in Nelson, Caroline started painting at a young age and sold her first painting in the Rutherford Gallery, Nelson aged 14. Her father being a sign writer and painter and mother a medical illustrator, she has always been surrounded with artistic careers and skills.
Energetic and thick brushstrokes depict naturalistic forms in her paintings. Simplification and exaggeration of the landscape communicates an emotive atmosphere and depicts a strong sense of depth.
From the valley rivers to the mountaintop alpine tarns, Caroline is a passionate mountaineer and tramps in these remote areas, often for days at a time, directly experiencing the landscape. She then translates the experience and physical energy of the place back into her paintings in the studio, using a complexity of naturalistic colour and bold brushwork.
Caroline produces work in multiple media, her main medium being oil on board, linen and canvas. Bellamy has taken on many commissions and sells her work throughout New Zealand.
Caroline’s second solo exhibition at Parnell Gallery “Moving Water” will open on 15 May 2018.