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“Swirls of Constant Motion, Series 12”, oil on canvas, 150 x 200 cm

London-based artist Dragica Carlin creates abstract paintings with tonal swirls that seem to leap off the canvas. Working primarily in shades of blue or pink, Carlin’s gestural marks move across the space, twisting from narrow to broad streaked with variegating light and dark tones. Her large-scale paintings span up to eight feet. “Painting for me is a continuous conversation with the outside world,” Carlin explains in a statement. “This dialogue is only possible while I am in the studio. My thoughts are directed by the physicality of paint. The paintings emerge out of the intensity of colours and pigments that I use, its thickness, translucency, lightness or darkness.”

Carlin studied at Chelsea College of art, where she earned both a BA and a Master’s degree in painting. You can see more of her work on Instagram. If you enjoy Carlin’s paintings, also check out the work of Matthew Stone.

Dimensional Swirls Appear to Lift Off the Canvases of Painter Dragica Carlin 1

“Six Swirls”, oil on canvas, 160 x 190 cm

Dimensional Swirls Appear to Lift Off the Canvases of Painter Dragica Carlin 2

“Blues, Series 4”, oil on canvas, 150 x 250 cm

Dimensional Swirls Appear to Lift Off the Canvases of Painter Dragica Carlin 3

“Five Swirls”, oil on canvas, 160 x 190 cm

Dimensional Swirls Appear to Lift Off the Canvases of Painter Dragica Carlin 4

“Blue Swirls in Green Space”, oil on canvas, 100 x 200 cm

Dimensional Swirls Appear to Lift Off the Canvases of Painter Dragica Carlin 5

“Swirls of Constant Motion, Series 11”, oil on canvas, 100 x 170 cm

Dimensional Swirls Appear to Lift Off the Canvases of Painter Dragica Carlin 6

“Pink Swirls”, oil on canvas, 160 x 190 cm

Dimensional Swirls Appear to Lift Off the Canvases of Painter Dragica Carlin 7







By: Colossal