ORDERING

To order an image or inquire about an image in the on-line gallery, go to the gallery page for the image you are interested in and click on the Ordering and details link below it.

Your order or enquiry will then be automatically forwarded to Carol. Click on the Gallery link above to visit the on-line Gallery.


COMMISSIONED WORKS

Carol will accept commissions for one-off images. 20% of the agreed fee is payable prior to commencement, the balance is due on delivery. All pastel works will be framed. Pencil images can be supplied unframed if requested.

Delivery is free within the Masterton area. Postage and packaging will be charged for courier deliveries to other areas.

ABOUT CAROL BANNER


Carol Banner's greatest source of inspiration is nature, with its myriad shapes and textures. Dead and dying plant forms often have a distinct beauty of their own which is frequently overlooked. Patterns and colours in deteriorating man-made products also have an unusual beauty which does not escape her eye.

"I have always been influenced by the graceful style of Art Nouveau, with the work of Alphonse Mucha, Christopher Dresser and Rene Lalique having a particular appeal. This style, with its curvilinear lines, symmetrical and asymmetrical forms and designs, was largely based on nature. Discovering M.C.Escher opened a whole new world for me. His sense of design, use of space, perspective and mathematics was truly innovative, along with his mixture of fantasy, distortion and metamorphosis. I also admire the work of Rodney Matthews. His use of colour, semi-abstract insects and plant forms is quite amazing. Once again, nature taken to extremes."

Carol has mainly been working with pencil and pastel for the past few years, although she is also skilled in other media. Future plans include combining printmaking with drawing and design. In her view,

"A different way of looking at things, either due to mood, insomnia or shortsightedness, in various combinations usually helps produce new ideas."

The title Natural Fantasy derives from nature, her inspiration, and is also the name of her Internet website. Carol was the Director of her own Katz Gallery in Carterton for several years. The Gallery hosted more than 18 exhibitions in that time.

EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS


1999          Design Basics (with Merit)
1999          Guest Artist _ Otane Annual Exhibition
2000          Printmaking and Illustration
2001          Commended Award – Golden C’Art National Art Exhibition
2001          Natural Fantasy Exhibition – Masterton
2002          Solo Exhibition – McPhee Gallery – Carterton
2003          Solo Exhibition – Naxos Art Exhibits – Wellington
2004          Mother & Daughter Exhibition – Hastings
2004          People’s Choice Award – Masterton Multi Media Art Awards
2005          Winner – Purely Pastel National Art Exhibition – Upper Hutt
2005          Finalist – Cranleigh Barton Drawing Award – Christchurch
2005          Solo Exhibition – Roar Gallery – Wellington
2005          Solo Exhibition – Prime Art Space – Masterton
2006          Highly Commended & Merit – National Pastel Ex. – Nelson
2007          Opened Katz Gallery – Carterton
2008          Merit Award – National Pastel Exhibition – Stratford
2008          Merit Award – National Pastel Exhibition – Auckland
2011          Solo Exhibition – Aratoi Gallery – Masterton

PUBLICATIONS


Oct 2011          Feat. artist: Best of Worldwide charcoal pastel & pencil artists Vol 2
Feb 2012          Selected for "International Contemporary Artists" art book, vol. IV.
Feb 2012          Title page image, Eyes On: Abstracts.
April 2012        Title page image, Eyes On: Landscapes.



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Carol Banner

Carol Banner is an accomplished Pastel and pencil artist who lives in the Wairarapa district of New Zealand.

In the on-line slideshow you can see a changing collection of twenty pastel and pencil works. All are for sale.