Karólína Lárusdóttir NEAC RE RWS (1944-2019)


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"Born in Reykjavik in 1944, Karólína​ overcame considerable reluctance from her parents to support her decision to become an artist. It was during a trip to the UK aged fifteen that her host family heard that she was interested in visual art, so they treated her to a tour of the Royal Academy Schools. Thus, began a long association with the British art scene and a resolve that this was what she was meant to do with her life.  Her maternal Grandmother and namesake was to be her greatest supporter, paying for bed, board and materials while she was studying in the UK.

She soon returned to the UK to begin a course at the John Cass School of Art. Keen to escape a tumultuous family life back in Iceland, Karólína​ went on to study at the Ruskin School of Art.

She graduated from the Ruskin in 1967, and held her first solo exhibition at Casa Nova, the gallery of Reykjavik Junior College.  She was then encouraged to apply for a graduate degree in the USA, and recognising the immense opportunities available, Karólína​ was confident of being offered a place and looked forward to studying there. However, she soon discovered she and her husband Clive were expecting a baby and 'with that, I kissed America goodbye', she says.

Following the birth of her two children, it would be eight years before Karólína​ began painting again.

In 1977, Karólína​ enrolled on a lithography course under the instruction of Jane Stobart, who remained a great friend.  She also began etching with Harry Eccleston, an acclaimed artist and printmaker who encouraged her to look to the subject she knew best to inform her art: Iceland."

Biography and header image courtesy of Sarah Wiseman Gallery

Biographical Details

1992 Elected an Associate of the Royal Watercolour Society (RWS)
1991 Elected Member of the New English Art Club (NEAC)
1981 Elected Member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE)
1977-80 Studied at Barking College of Art
1965-67 Studied at Ruskin School of Art, Oxford
1964-65 Studied at Sir John Cass College, London
1944 Born in Reykjavik, Iceland

Other Society Memberships

Royal Society of Painter–Printmakers (RE), Royal Watercolour Society (RWS)