Carey Mortimer

  • Flower, Maryam, mortimer, still life

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    Flower of Maryam

  • mortimer, riches to rags, fresco, egg, tempera

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    Riches to Rags

  • mortimer, l'altare, cucina, table, still life

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    L'altare della cucina

  • mortimer, cage, painting, fresco

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    Hanging on a Line

  • two, eggs, egg, tempera, gessoed

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    Two Eggs

  • egg tempera, moroccan, mortimer

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    Moroccan Musings I

  • mortimer. paint, traditional, sardinia

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    Notes from the Garden II

  • egg tempera, moroccan, mortimer

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    Moroccan Musings II

  • Moroccan Musings IV

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    Moroccan Musings IV

  • mortimer. paint, traditional, sardinia

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    Prayer of the Heron

  • egg tempera, wild, mortimer

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    Wild

  • mortimer, fragment, fresco, egg, tempera, silver leaf

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    Fragment

  • liminal zone, mortimer, fresco, egg tempera

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    Liminal Zone

  • La Poltrona I, egg tempera, gessoed, panel

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    La Poltrona I

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    La Poltrona II

  • Moroccan Musings, mortimer

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    Moroccan Musings III

  • egg tempera, silver leaf, gessoed, panel, mortimer

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    Me and Lily

  • mortimer, notes, garden, tea, silverpoint, egg tempera, gessoed, panel

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    Notes from the Garden I

  • tea, silverpoint, egg tempera, gessoed, panel

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    Shall We Dance

  • The Everlasting Cycle, egg tempera, mortimer

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    The Everlasting Cycle

  • Desert Flower I

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    Desert Flower I

  • Desert Flower II

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    Desert Flower II

  • Sketch on Gold

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    Sketch on Gold

  • Rosy Garlics

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    Rosy Garlic

CAREY MORTIMER -  'Still Lifes', exhibition series, 2021

CAREY MORTIMER -  Still Lifes, 2021

Behind the Scenes, Carey Mortimer, 2020

CAREY MORTIMER - Asfodelo Dreaming, 2015

CAREY MORTIMER - A virtual tour of her solo show at Thackeray Gallery, 2015

CAREY MORTIMER - Tears of Light, 2013

Discovering fresco set Carey Mortimer on her path as an artist. After graduating from City and Guilds of London Art School in 1986, she studied under Italian restorer Leonetto Tintori, who introduced her to the medium of the ancients and encouraged her to unravel it.

Lime, sand, pigment, yolk . . . how to make new the alchemies of the past? Carey likes to unzip the science: fresco is painting turned to stone, egg tempera is hardening strings of protein, gold is stable and stays gold forever. First know the rules to break them. And if nature is already divine, why compete? Freed from its ordinary context, a gathered leaf / mermaid’s purse / bowl or feather can take on a different function altogether: ‘A painting is only a rearrangement of matter into another form.’ The artist as chemist of the imagination. The studio as crucible, microscope, chantry.

Past and present speak in their own ways. Alert to the languages of both, Carey blends age-old techniques and her own contemporary sensibility to create surprising visual poems. Her paintings acknowledge the difficult noise of our time, but by reminding us to see beauty they offer a healing perspective, and in doing so help restore balance.

A Dundee University MPhil, Carey has been exhibiting with the Thackeray Gallery since 1994. Her work can be found in many public, private and corporate collections worldwide, including Aviva Headquarters, London; Farleigh Hungerford Castle; Firmdale Hotels, London; and Jones Day, London and New York.

Maria de Jong.