Provenance: the artist's own collection
John Sergeant writes: 'My wife has no words to describe her two paintings, she expresses herself in paint (beautifully in my view) and prefers to leave it at that. So I will add a few words by way of introduction. We were told recently by a nice woman whose business it was, that there are now less than 2000 greengrocers left in Britain, with more shops closing daily. My wife has a great liking for greengrocers' shops, carefully choosing bunches of watercress, basil, carrots, or radishes, delighting in it all. Most of these things are eaten, but the odd bunch of something or other is painted, and the resulting picture when hung appropriately, in this case in the kitchen, is suddenly just as beautiful as a bunch of flowers in the hall. Who would have thought this possible? The same is true of the holly sprigs: such beauty to be got from that deep glossy green, which sets off the brilliant red of the not too many berries. The rhythms of the twigs linking the two main elements together.' (Letter to Paul Liss, 12th March 2005.)
Carolyn Sergeant (b. 1937)
Carolyn Sergeant studied at Wimbledon School of Art from 1955 to 1959 and at the Royal Academy Schools from 1959 to 1962 where she was a silver medallist and met and later married her fellow student the artist John Sergeant. She has had solo exhibitions in London at the Waterhouse Gallery in 1969 and 1971 and the Waterman Gallery in 1994 before her first exhibition at Hazlitt, Gooden and Fox in May 1997, with further shows at the gallery in May 1999 and May 2001. In 1992 she held a solo exhibition at the Brian Sinfield Gallery in Burford and her pictures have been included in mixed exhibitions at the Leicester Galleries, Roland, Browse & Delbanco, and in numerous galleries in the provinces. In 2003 she had a solo exhibition at the Fine Art Society, London.
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