Carol J Elsip Learn to see, and then you'll know that there is no end to the new worlds of our vision- Carlos Castaneda.. "The vibrancy of her paintings and excellent colour choices are matched by their textural quality so that we feel the "ever-fluctuating force of pure energy" of which the artist speaks. Her aim is to direct us to primal sources". - David Hammond, Art Critic Huddersfield Examiner.
INSPIRING • ILLUMINATING • INVIGORATING UK artist C J Elsip's uniquely inspirational approach to oil painting results in stunning visionary images with a vibrant intensity of light and visual depth. Pure complementary colours resonate in her work, whilst semi-transparent layers partially obscure hidden depths, drawing the viewer further into the image to contemplate on what lies beyond the surface. The imagery in Elsip's work may initially appear somewhat recognizable but this swiftly changes into an abstract unfolding of multi-layered concepts, creating wonderful dynamic tensions whilst evoking a strong sense of the mystical.
"While aiming for a careful balance between spontaneous creative expression, and an intentional, considered application of paint, I frequently find myself engaged in an ongoing dialogue with light, shade, color, shape and form. Seemingly random painterly gestures evoke, for me, a variety of visual and conceptual associations, forming a visual language or symphony that communicates in an almost primeval manner. I will clarify, refine or define some imagery as it suggests to me coherent concept or narrative, while other forms are left retaining a more ethereal state of infinite potential. Overall, my artistic intention is to commune with and express the very essence of powerful creative forces and the infinitely evolving omniscience that permeates all of life itself"
From landscape and nature, through parallels and patterns within micro- and macro-cosmic dimensions into metaphysics and psychology, C J Elsip's bold, vibrant paintings express a deep fascination and passionate desire to understand the nature of life, through which she explores the fragility and strength of humanity while perpetually leading us on an illuminating journey toward the brilliant light in all her works. "The imagery in Carol's paintings may at times be challenging - but I find myself continually drawn to the brilliance of the light in all her work, whatever colour that light happens to be..." - D. Carter, UK collector.