Artists Statement

Picture of Carolyn Stubbs

I am a Cornish artist that has a great love of the natural world. I also love subjects that aren’t quite perfect, a rusting old boat, dilapidated crumbling structures, things that have texture and hold their own stories. I use a variety of techniques such as sculpted paper work, where I draw out the image, then with a scalpel carve out very fine slivers of paper to glue into place, creating a 3D effect. This works particularly well with birds as it reflects the fragility of the creatures.

My work has been shown in Times Square New York, throughout the UK and featured in a book 'Sculpture and 3D' for my paper sculptures. I was fortunate to receive the Wessex Watermark Award for my environmental artwork ‘Yesterday, Today, the Future…’ a triptych depicting environmental hazards in sculpted paper images, and what the planet might look like if we ignore the damage we are doing.

I was taken on by the Mounts Bay Gallery in Cornwall, owned by Anthony Hepworth Nicholson, son of Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson. During that time I was made “Artist of the Month’ and my solo exhibition ‘Dipping into Nature’ featured many of my sculpted paper wildlife art pieces.

Art Related Education

BA (Hons)  Art & Visual Culture (University of the West of England 2004-2007)    
Collagraph Workshop - Spike Island Print Studios Bristol (2007)
BTEC Graphic Design – Merit (Brunel College Bristol 1993-5)
Pitmans I.T. Diploma Passed with Distinction

Selected Exhibitions & Commissions

Picture of Carolyn Stubbs
2019    Autumn Open Exhibition –  'Old Railway Hut
            Rannock Moor' painting at RWA Bristol
2019    Surreal Bristol – 'The Beach' story included in
            anthology published by Bristol Fiction Writers Group
2019    BP National Portrait Award –
            Final selection of 290 from over 2,600 entries
2018/9 Open Walls Exhibition – Cass Art Bristol
2016    World Citizen Artists – published article on
            peace with accompanying artwork
2016    Created book jacket cover for Bristol Fiction
            Writers Group
2015    Article on finding magic in unexpected
            places (link to article)
2015    Love the Future – Live art at Bristol Waterfront,
            Bristol European Green Capital 2015
2012    New York Art Takes Times Square – One
            Piece of work (Sculpted paper birds) exhibited
2011    Mounts Bay Contemporary Penzance
            'Dipping into Nature'
2010    Newlyn Artists  –  Newlyn Art Gallery
2010    NEWA National Exhibition of Wildlife Art - Wirral
2010    The Wildlife Art Society International –
            Secrets of the riverbed (Photography)          
2009    Royal West of England Art Academy Autumn Open
2008    Royal West of England Art Academy’s first
            photography exhibition – ‘Carol’
2007    The Aesthetics of Mud – Spike Island
2006/7 Art Not Oil (Touring & Web) http://www.artnotoil.org.uk
2006    Black Swan Open Arts Exhibition  - Photography
2006    Royal West of England Academy 4x4 Friends Exhibition
2005    RWA Friends Annual Exhibition  ‘Knocking on Wood’ collage
2005/6 Bristol Bridges Rivers Touring Exhibition - Photography
2005    University of the West of England, Spike Island ‘Classy Exhibition’
2001    Gatley on-line Gallery – ‘Yesterday, Today, the Future…'
2001    Create Centre Bristol  – Solo environmental exhibition
2000    Architecture Centre Bristol   - Solo environmental exhibition

Published Artwork

2013    Bare Hill Publishing UK - a selection of work chosen to be included in the Art Book             Sculpture and 3D


Finalist BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year 2009 – 'Night Flight' (Owl Collage)
Wessex Watermark National Award – Awarded by Sir David Bellamy & the Conservation Foundation
Royal Society of Arts - Collage from environmental art exhibition published on their website.
Ecologist Magazine 'Worth seeing is the refreshingly irony-free postmodern exhibition'.
Metsa Serla Paper Manufacturers - Award given for entry into National Design competition to create a range of stationery.
Konika Photographic Films - Award received for front cover picture on ‘Living Tavistock’ book
Congratulatory letter from Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore on the environmental art work 'Yesterday, Today, the Future…'
2011 Wedding image and poem http://www.visitingarts.org.uk/content/weddings-carolyn-stubbs