Caroline Degroiselle says that in her paintings “the color creates the subject.” Working in acrylics on canvas, Degroiselle employs color to dramatic effect in images that depict subjects ranging from elegant still lifes to works that communicate the vitality of urban scenes and natural settings. In her hands, a sky can be blue, violet or a mixture of pinks and yellows, while water can assume an equal variety of shades. When that open-ended sensibility is combined with the artist’s ability to give each work a sense of light, space and movement, along with her sensitivity to texture, the result is a body of work that is both a realistic view of the outside world and a window into her inner, personal vision.
Born in Paris, Degroiselle moved to New Caledonia in the South Pacific when she was a child. The sea, land and light of that island shaped her style, providing “a unique gift and an eternal inspiration.” Mirroring the variations of the world she lives in, Degroiselle’s paintings let viewers experience its lush physicality and vibrant sense of positivity.