Carolyn Oberst

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"Kachina Spirit", 2009, oil on wood relief, 33"h.x39"w.x1.5"d.
"Argyle Sock Dolls Arabesque", 2009, oil on wwod relief, 52"h.x62"w.x2"d.
"Monkey See/Monkey Do", 2007, oil on wood relief,44"h.x40"w.x1"d.
"Steppin' Out", 2009, oil on wood relief, 36"h.x33"w.x1.5"d.
"The Frog Prince Pines for Love", 2008, oil on wood relief, 38"h.x36"w.x2"d
Artist's Statement

Commenting on the state of our contemporary lives these paintings fall on the cusp of fun and scary. Using vintage toys to express that childhood and, by implication, adult life as well, isn’t what it used to be. We’re busier and more bombarded with input than ever before, creating stress.

On the other hand, multi-tasking, etc., can be fun and interesting. So, while challenging, our modern lives are not dull or boring. The colorful, oil on wood relief and animated quality, give these paintings a hopeful, happy feel capturing the upbeat side of this new order.

I’m depicting both the positive (fun) and negative (scary) sides of these issues and giving expression to many feelings at the same time.

Each small piece of the relief is painted w/oil, separately. I cut the shapes and assemble the pieces by screwing them on the painted panel from behind. It’s a labor intensive, intricate and complicated technique.


I studied painting and drawing at the Art Students League of NY + the NY Studio School. My work has been included in many shows and is in both corporate and private collections.
SOLO EXHIBITIONS: 2000 -Margaret Bodell Gallery, NY, NY, 1992 Mary Delahoyd Gallery, NY, NY 1990-Willoughby Sharp Gallery, NY, NY
2009“Playing Around”, The Brattleboro Museum, Brattleboro, VT.Group Show, The Taos Gallery, Taos, New Mexico,“Inaugural Exhibition”, The Craftsbury Gallery, Craftsbury, VT, OIA, Juried Show, NY Law School, NY, NY
404 Gallery, Small Works Show, Brooklyn, NY
2008“Square Foot Show”, Art Gotham Gallery, NY, NY,“Juxtapositions”, Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY, Group Show, Art Gotham Gallery, NY, NY, "Town and Country", Whitewater Gallery, E. Hardwick, VT, “Devils and Dolls”, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL