Carol was raised on a farm in the United States. As part of her economics degree from Drew University in New Jersey, Carol spent a year in Europe, six months in London and then six months in Belgium at the... Read More
Carol was raised on a farm in the United States. As part of her economics degree from Drew University in New Jersey, Carol spent a year in Europe, six months in London and then six months in Belgium at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in association with the European Commission. But economics took second place to the intrigue of European culture that captured her heart. Carol spent most her time traveling through Italy, France, and Spain taking in the museums, cuisine, and festivals. She was and remains fascinated by Commedia dell’arte. On return, she switched to an Arts Degree, moved to Boston and began studying the history of art privately. Carol immigrated to Australia and continued painting while working as a commissioning editor for Pan Books Australia and the University of New South Wales Press, Sydney. Carol began exhibiting seriously in 2002. She had a solo exhibition at the Seymour Centre in Sydney, a major Sydney cultural centre (www.seymourcentre.com) in 2003, followed by dozens of solo exhibitions around Sydney. She was invited to be the artist-in-residence at the Port Douglas Commercial Gallery of Fine Art in 2004 in association with the Peninsula Hotels. Carol now paints full time. She now concentrates almost exclusively on the theme of ‘pillars of civilisation’ with objects or circus characters perched on the pedestal. The ‘creatives’ keep the pillars lively and well-balanced, protecting civilisation. Reviews of a recent exhibition of 'Pillars'Carol Dance's artwork is an affirmation of creativity, how history influences or changes modern times, and more importantly, it makes you think deeply about your own existence. 'Pillars' represents a unique and quirky genre: 'neo-surrealism'. J. Wong, Weekend Notes....Carol Dance is known as a neo-surrealist and her exquisite work is on display at the Stirrup Gallery.... Basil Naimet, Innercity Weekender....A powerful and intriguing exhibition. Art Post, What’s on.