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I grew up amongst artists and scientists, submerged in the interplay between. Fundamentally my painting attempts to associate these disparate ways of seeing, within these two disciplines, unifying them.

The paintings indicate how all is connected macro to micro, centred on the associated relationships of trees to each other, wider flora and fauna. For me trees are individuals that are markers of time, from an arboreal fashion statement in parkland, a veteran surrounded by amenity forestry, an avenue for war, the coppice, the orchard or native wildwood, they place human beings in context and mycelium, that trees play symbiosis with, the real influencer.

I am absorbed by pattern repetition from bole to leaf tip, trying to pare down the form of different species, keeping the genus recognisable yet focusing on what can appear as signs and symbols as much as structures.

In recognising the integral role of micro-organisms, the vital component for a healthy ecosystem, I take pleasure in sensing the invisible network of mycorrhiza weaving patterns, the universal languages of signs and sometimes chemical formula; the tool of industrial agriculture. These layers interplay on a seemingly pastoral scene, elements combining in dialectic.

I find the more I know the place or the more I know the particular spot, the more I find to paint in that particular spot. I do feel the more you know something, the more you can get out of it - the more it gives you
— Joan Eardley 1963

Photography: Tony Golding


Stella Carr

Born Liverpool 1962
Graduated BA Graphic Design Illustration, Kingston School of Art 1984

SELECTED LECTURING 1984 - 1996 

Wirral Metropolitan, Foundation - Fine Art Drawing
University of York, BA - Fine Art / Textile Print 
Liverpool John Moore’s University, BA - Fine Art Printmaking
Warwickshire College, Foundation - Life Drawing

SELECTED COMMUNITY ARTS DEVELOPMENT 1995 - 2001 

Compton Verney - Arts Development Officer
Warwick DC - Arts Development Officer
Stratford DC - Arts Development Officer
Warwickshire CC - Arts Development Officer

HYBRID ARTS - Social Enterprise 2001 - 2016

Lead Hybrid Arts, as a Founding Director, creating the ethos and educational innovation that successfully supported 3000 young people with Level 2 Qualifications in Arts and Land Based Education.

ART PRACTICE  1985 - 2007 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1998     Miner – Sculpture Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council
1999     Brighton Exhibition Centre
2000     Beasts on the Cedar Lawn Charlecote National Trust 
2000     GLOW Public Art, Year of the Artist, Arts Council 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1985     Museum of Mankind
1987     Cartwright Hall Art Gallery 
1988     The Ecology Gallery 
1992     Sculpture trail Leamington Art on the Move 
1992     Westonbirt Arboretum 
1993     Symbols & Words John Herbert / Tessa Beaver Herbert Art Gallery
1995     Leicester City Gallery 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY / PRESS

1997     Radio 4 Woman’s Hour 
2000     Television Gardner’s World 
2005     Publication The Royal Horticultural Society’s Journal The Garden
2004     Publication Channel 4 Ideas factory
2004     Publication Arts Council England “Are the Sockets the Same in Shanghai?”
2007     Film – the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency

SELECTED GARDENS AND PERMANENT SCULPTURE COMMISSIONS

1990 - 1995     Longdon Private 12-acre gardens
1997 - 1998     Leamington Old Town Public Art Arts Council / WDC
1998 - 2000     Miner Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council / Arts Council
1999 - Present   Hill Close Garden’s Warwick
2000     Hobb Meadow Garden Jubilee Arts / Arts Council 
2001     The Emscote Sculpture Garden WCC Arts Service 
2001 - 2003     3 Aqueducts Public Art British Waterways
2002     Earlswood Lakes British Waterways
2004     Kersley Secondary School Public Art Arts Council

SELECTED COMMISSIONS

Spitting Image, New Scientist, Resurgence, Common Ground, Bradford Art Galleries, Craftspace Touring, British Waterways, The Miners Union, The National Trust, Kew Gardens,  Arts Council, Westonbirt Arboretum

SELECTED SCHOLARSHIPS/AWARDS

1991     Kew Gardens Travelling Fellowship - Brazil 
2000     Arts Council of England, Year Of The Artist: Glow - Dunlop/MOD/Arts Council/Public Art West Midlands
2002     Zibby Garnett Travelling Fellowship - International Festival of Art in the Garden, Jardins de Metis Quebec
2003     Investors in Young People British Business Award
2006     Social Enterprise of the Year British Business Award