Conchita Carambano

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Conchita  Carambano Playtime
mixed media on canvas
120 x 190 cm
Conchita  Carambano Spoken Leaves
Spoken Leaves
mixed media on paper
41 x 41 cm
Conchita  Carambano At Heavens Gate
At Heavens Gate
mixed media on canvas
140 x 160 cm
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Conchita  Carambano

Conchita Carambano

Conchita Carambano Description

Well known for her innovative abstract works, Conchita's paintings are a feast of colour, layer and texture. They tease the audience with subtle figurative elements that can be spotted amongst the abstract compositions.

Conchita Carambano Statement

Whenever I face a blank piece of large, good quality paper I know right away that I need to touch it and feel the quality – open the palettes, squeeze the paint tube and watch the vibrant, muted oils, acrylic or just pastel chalk in my hand, and know that this beautiful piece of white paper will soon come alive in the form of a drawing or painting.

I’ve been painting since I left school, where immediately after, I attended art school and thought what a wonderful place this is. I knew right away that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life – paint and create.

I experience both beautiful and sad things through everyday life and these experiences generate a strong need to paint. Using colour through this wonderful medium, I express what I see and feel, and in turn I learn and discover new ways in which to express what I feel and the ideas that enter my mind.

When I start a painting, I focus on an idea or experience I once encountered, and let my feelings take control. At times the reaction I get is that the painting starts to take on a completely new direction to the initial one I had in mind. It takes on its own character as it were, however I am its creator and to this extent I have complete control over the end result. Because I detect this ‘character’, I’m able to detect the new direction that the painting is taking and stay in complete control of its final outcome. I feel this is important to an artist. I can honestly say that when I paint a painting based on a sad feeling, I can always look at it and find it very beautiful and rewarding.

I’m content in the realisation that everyone that sees one of my works, do so through different interpretations, thus giving it a new ‘feeling’ to the original that I intended. I love the sense of knowing that my work takes on different interpretations and appearances when hung in unknown homes and offices. It becomes more a child born to me.

The sources that inspire me are usually found all around us – nature being the main one. During my development, I have been able to focus on nature and the incredible sensation I get from being able to transfer the feelings I encounter and the inspiration that which drives me to transfer these feelings onto virgin paper. Because at times these inspirations come to me when I’m unable to paint, I have developed a sense whereby I ‘store’ these ideas and at times I find that when I do this I have the ability to expand on the initial idea and I feel that this sometimes take on the form of the ‘new direction’ within my painting that I sometimes encounter.

Being an artist is my life, and in no way could I imagine being, or doing, anything else.

Conchita Carambano Resumé

1961 - Born Stuttgart, Germany to Spanish parents
1969 - Family migrated to Australia
1979 - Completed NSW Higher School Certificate
1981 - Completed Fine Arts Course, School of Arts, Sydney
1982 - Completed Graduate Course – Fine Arts
1983-4 - Completed Post-Graduate Course- Fine Arts

Gallery One, Petersham
Holdsworth Gallery, Darlinghurst
Bonython Meadmore, Darlinghurst
The Rocks Gallery, Argyle Centre, The Rocks
Native Gallery, Woollahra
Eaglehawke, Glebe
Istral, Woollahra
Art Gallery Ethel Street, Seaforth
Hester Gallery, Newtown
Gallery 368, Crows Nest
Salmon Gallery, McMahons Point
Axia Modern Art, Melbourne
Aptos Cruz, South Australia
Diaz- Castillo Gallery, Melbourne
Linton & Kay Gallery, Western Australia
Gallery 363, Western Australia
The Milk Factory, Bowral
Framed Gallery, Darwin
Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney
Art Act, Sydney
Art Duo, Sydney
Art-Frame, Double Bay
Mahoneys Gallery, Melbourne
Art Images, Adelaide
SOHO Galleries, Sydney
Graphis, Woollahra
Quadrivium, Sydney
Manyung Gallery Group, Mt Eliza, Malvern & Sorrento

National Library, Canberra
Walker Corporation
ANA, Sydney
Wentworth Hotel
Royal North Shore Hospital
Bond Street Apartments
Regent Hotel, Sydney
Flinders Apartments
Merridian Hotel, Sydney
Mossman Medical Clinic
Hayman Island Resort
David Jones- Sydney
Sheraton Hotel- Darling Harbour
David Jones – South Australia
Sheraton Hotel- Noosa
Kingston Apartments – Canberra
Lang Walker
Large Sculpture Glass Cove (Chatswood)
Amadeous Group
Spa Rooms- Hilton Hotel
Mojo Group

Acquisitive Works & Collections:
Bennelong Apartments
Macquarie Town
Camden Award
Stanford on Kent Hotel
Celsius at the Radisson Hotel
St John of God Hospital - Perth
David Jones
Rydges Wentworth Hotel

1987 - Highly Commended, Camden Art Prize
1988 - Open Section Winner, Camden Art Prize
1990 - Acquisitive Award, Hawkesbury City Council
1991 - Winner Camden Art Prize
1991 - Commended, DMAS Award
1992 - Highly Commended, Hawkesbury City Council
1992 - Highly Commended, DMAS Award
1993 - Highly Commended, Hunters Hill Council
1994 - Highly Commended, Hunters Hill Council
1998 - Highly Commended, Camden Art Prize

Australian Interior, Vol.17 no. 13
The Sydney Weekly - Jan 27 - Feb 2, 1998
Instyle Magazine, Feb 1988
Look Magazine, NSW Art Gallery Magazine, 1999
Art in Australia Magazine, 1999
New South Wales Gallery, 1999
Vogue Living, October, 2001
Selected Contemporary Artists of Australia by Michael Berry, Published 2003

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