Carol Ivey

Carol Ivey’s subject matter consists of found objects, including fruit and flowers from the garden, bird nests, cracked and broken vases, and drying sunflowers.  These ordinary objects are elevated beyond their everyday value in Carol Ivey’s carefully arranged, serene compositions. Carol Ivey's studio, located in the Near East Side of Fort Worth, plays a vital role in her paintings and drawings. The north-facing, arched windows flood her studio with muted sunlight, casting a cool, diffused light over her subjects. Carol Ivey elaborates, “The muted windows act as a screen, admitting light into the interior while revealing few details of the outside. Objects are both illuminated and obscured by this backlighting. These works are created from direct observation under the condition of natural lighting in my studio.” –Carol Ivey


The Fort Worth based artist received a BA in studio art from the University of Texas at Austin. Carol Ivey has taught numerous workshops and classes and has served as juror on exhibitions across north Texas. In 2013 and 2009 Ivey was a finalist in the Hunting Art Prize in Houston. Ivey has won awards for her submissions in Preservation is the Art of the City in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012. Her work is included in the collections of Baylor All Saints Medical Center, Fort Worth; Diabetes and Thyroid Center of Fort Worth; Fidelity Investments, Boston; Frito-Lay, Inc, Dallas; and Texas Instruments, Dallas. Ivey is currently represented by Artspace111 in Fort Worth, Texas and by The Hunt Gallery in San Antonio, Texas.

The collected objects and plant materials in my studio all have their histories. I make choices in arranging and lighting these things, maybe by a juxtaposition of pairings or isolation, by instinct, by what feels right. It's during the painting process that I meditate on the meaning and try to find words to fit what may be going on in the painting. Finding the right words for each painting is difficult and most paintings have several titles. I don't think of myself as a realist painter, but more as a surrealist painter, or even an abstractionist.

SELECTED REVIEWS
2017           “Still Life in Fort Worth: Artspace 111 and William Campbell Contemporary Art,” Barbara Koerble, Glasstire, March 14, 2017
2016      “Carol Ivey and Deborah Mersky at BRIT”, Barbara Koerble, Glasstire, May 6, 2016
2016      “’Natures First Green Is Gold’ at Artspace111,” Barbara Koerble, Glasstire, March 5, 2016
1989      “Visual Arts,” Mark L. Smith, Austin American States man, May 18, 1989
1987      “Painter’s artistic expression speaks for itself,” John Herndon, Austin American Statesman ,   October 14,1987
1979      “’Abstract realism’ Common Things Spice Art,” Katherine McKenna Bolger, Austin American Statesman, November 17, 1979
1978       “Review: Lisa Baack, Carol Ivey, Melissa Miller at the Amarillo Art Center,” Jerry Daviee, Artspace, Summer 1978

EDUCATION 
University of Texas at Austin, BA, College of Fine Arts, 1971

SELECTED COLLECTIONS 
Baylor All Saints Medical Center, Fort Worth
Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Fort Worth
Diabetes and Thyroid Center of Fort Worth
Fidelity Investments, Boston
Frito-Lay, Inc, Dallas
Texas Instruments, Dallas

Carol Ivey's Illuminations by Jimmy Fowler in Fort Worth Weekly