PRESS RELEASE - 10 May 2007

Caroline Gauguery: FLOWERS to FLOWERS

Thursday 24 May - Friday 15 June 2007


Viewing by Appointments only – e: t: 020 7278 4404

Private View : Wednesday 23 May, 6.00 pm – 9.00 pm

The Scarlet Maguire Gallery is proud to present a new exhibition of oil paintings by French artist Caroline Gauguery .

The show, entitled “Flowers to Flowers” opens on 23 rd May, simultaneously to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show , and will run until 15 th June. All 39 paintings were shipped especially from St Tropez, where Caroline's studio is based, and have never yet been seen in the UK .

With the relocation of the Eurostar Terminal on the doorstep of the Scarlet Maguire Gallery in November, this exhibition is also for us an early opportunity to show another kind of contemporary art, one which is more widely represented on the other side of the Channel and is more about pleasure and less about concept… and to test the reaction.

After studying at the famous Van der Kelen Trompe l'Oeil School in Bruxelles and the Beaux-Arts School in Grenoble , Caroline has already had a series of successful exhibitions in New York , Paris and the Cote d'Azur . This is her first exhibition in London .

"Caroline sees the purity of the forms where softness and sharpness mingle. The artist's eye gives you a subjective and abstract vision of the plant. Looking at her paintings makes you feel as a butterfly or a bee inside the flower "
Marie de Tournemire, "des Trompe L'oeil passe partout", France Amerique International Edition of Figaro, USA 07/2005

"Her flowers are sensual, exquisite, poetic, luxurious, delicate, peaceful, tranquil. Caroline is amazingly talented and has accomplished so much at such a young age"
Renee Phillips, Manhattan Arts International Director and member of the International Association of Art Critics, NY, USA, 2005

It's so lifelike, so convincingly three dimensional, you have to touch it to adjust your eyes
Penelope Green, “Setting up their own Trompe L'Oeil tower”, NY Times, USA 05/2005.

The varied and luminous colours of her oil on canvas bowl you over by the distinctness of the lines. Caroline's painting is so realistic that you get lost in two universes, photography or painting. I had to scrutinize carefully the numerous roses she painted to realise where I was.
Amel Chemil, Les Petits Matins de St Tropez, France 09/2003

For further details, please contact Jo Gavin or Chantal Cracy at the gallery.