Carol is a London based oil painter specialising in portraiture.
She paints and teaches from her North London studio.

Carol's work has been widely exhibited.She has displayed work with The Royal Society of British Artists,The Royal West of England Academy and The Society Of women Artists.Carol was also shortlisted for the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize in 2015.She paints in a style that has been described as painterly yet realistic,both colourful and descriptive.

Carol's work is a mixture of commissioned and self generated projects. She is an established teacher of portrait painting and offers classes from her studio in North London.

Galleries

A selection of Carol’s portraits and drawings can be viewed in the galleries below. Take a look also at her highly successful Vintage Days Collection and her recent collection of Flora and Fauna paintings.

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Latest news & blog articles

'This Is Me, N22 ' Poetry and Art Exhibition,Collage Arts,Karamel Club,4 Coburg Road N22 6UJ.19th June -18th August 2017

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Carol Tarn's portrait 'Jamel' will be featured in this exhibition of  selected artworks each of which accompanies a poem created by a child in Haringey. 

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Building Relationships

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One of the most interesting and rewarding aspects of being an artist is when people attend an exhibition of your work and want to engage with you and ask about your paintings and the story...

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'Every Picture Tells A Story' - Solo Exhibition,The Art Space,Cass Art, Islington, London. 3rd April -16th April 2017

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This solo exhibition by Carol Tarn of portraits and narrative paintings is an exploration of the world that lies beneath the superficial surface. Whether describing a person, a vintage...

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Pencils before Paint Brushes

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I am often asked in my portrait painting classes to outline my painting process. In my previous blog article ‘Know Your Sitter’ I outlined the importance of taking the time to get to know...

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Three Basic Rules for Oil Painting

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I love painting in oils. Oils have a brilliant ability to capture colour due to their ability to hold a high level of pigment. Oils are forgiving - they dry slowly and allow the artist time...

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A beginner’s guide to materials

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I am often asked by beginners in my portrait painting classes for a list of basic materials to bring to the class. What do you need to begin an oil painting?

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