Carl Randall

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Carl Randall
Carl Randall
Artist Carl Randall
Born 1975
UK
Nationality British
Education Slade School of Fine Art, Royal Drawing School, Tokyo University of the Arts.
Known for Painting/Fine art
Awards 2012 BP Travel Award, London; 2011 Nomura Art Prize, Japan; 1998 Singer & Friedlander Watercolour Competition 1st Prize
Website www.carlrandall.com

Carl Randall (born 1975) is a British figurative painter, whose work is based on images of modern Japan and London.

Education[edit]

Randall is a graduate of The Slade School of Fine Art London (BA Fine Art),[1] the Royal Drawing School London (The Drawing Year),[2] and Tokyo University of the Arts Japan (MFA & PhD Fine Art).[3]

Portraits of Modern Japan[edit]

Randall was awarded The 2012 BP Travel Award, for his proposal to walk in the footsteps of the Japanese ukiyo-e printmaker Andō Hiroshige, creating paintings of the people and places of contemporary Japan,[4] his project involved spending time in Japan resulting in a group of 15 paintings exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London as part of The 2013 BP Portrait Award exhibition, under the title "In the Footsteps of Hiroshige – The Tokaido Highway and Portraits of Modern Japan".[5][6][7] The exhibition subsequently toured to The Aberdeen Art Gallery Scotland,[8] The Wolverhampton Art Gallery England,[7] and then formed his solo exhibition in Japan 'Portraits from Edo to the Present'[9][10] at The Shizuoka City Tokaido Hiroshige Museum, where the paintings were exhibited alongside Hiroshige's original The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō woodblock prints. In conjunction with these exhibitions, the book Carl Randall – Japan Portraits was published, illustrating paintings drawings made in Japan, with a foreword by British author Desmond Morris, and an introduction by the late American writer Donald Richie.[11] A short documentary, Carl Randall – Japan Portraits was also made, showing the artist painting and drawing in Japan,[12] his Japan paintings were also the subject of a 2016 'World Update' interview by the BBC World Service.[13]

Carl Randall at The National Portrait Gallery London.
Carl Randall with his Japan Travel Award work at The National Portrait Gallery London, 2013.[5]

Awards[edit]

As well as The BP Travel Award, he also received first prize in the 1998 RWS/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition,[14] second prize twice in The William Coldstream Painting Competition at The Slade (1996/97),[15] and The 2011 Nomura Art Prize[16] (awarded by Tokyo University of Arts for the top PhD graduate exhibition). Scholarships include Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation[17] and MEXT[3] to continue his career as a painter in Tokyo, where he lived for 10 years.[18] Artist in residencies include ING Fresh Eyes on Formula 1, Fuji Speedway – to document Formula 1 races in Japan[19] and Hiroshima Art Document, to meet and paint portraits of hibakusha, survivors of the atomic bomb[20] (the resulting drawings now in permanent collection of UCL Art Museum, University College London [21]). In 2014, his large canvas 'Tokyo Portrait' was bought by Fondation Carmignac in Paris,[22] joining works in the collection by artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichenstein, Jean-Michel Basquait, Jeff Koons, Gerhard Richter.[23]

Exhibitions[edit]

Carl Randall – Tokyo Noodle Bar painting
Mr. Kitazawa's Noodle Bar, winner of the 2012 BP Travel Award, at The National Portrait Gallery in London[24]

His works have been exhibited at a number of exhibitions and galleries, including the BP Portrait Awards (2002,[25] 2012,[5] 2013[25]) at The National Portrait Gallery London; the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (2003, 2009,[26] 2013[27][28]); The Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition (2012,[29][30] 2017,[31][32] 2018[33]), The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize (2017,[34][35] 2018[36][37]) the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2012[38] and Flowers Gallery London.[39][40] In 2014, he had two solo exhibitions in central London of work inspired by the people and places of Tokyo: 'Tokyo Portraits'[41] at The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation (exhibition opened by novelist David Mitchell [42]), and 'Shōzō [肖像]' at Berloni London.[43][44] In the same year, his solo exhibition 'Portraits from Edo to the Present'[45][10] was at The Shizuoka City Tokaido Hiroshige Museum of Art in Japan, where his paintings were exhibited alongside Ando Hiroshige's original The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō woodblock prints (he was also commissioned by the Museum to make a painting for their collection – a contemporary view of Mount Fuji, as depicted in one of Hiroshige's prints[46]). Participation in international art fairs include Art Taipei, Taiwan,[47] Art Volta, Basel Switzerland[48] and Art International Istanbul;[49][50] in Japan, he has exhibited at Tokyo Art Award,[51] Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Arts, and a solo exhibition at Fuma Contemporary Tokyo, Bunkyo Art;[52] in 2015, he was commissioned by HRH Prince of Wales to paint a World War Two D-Day Veteran for The Royal Collection, exhibited at The Queens Gallery, Buckingham Palace[53][54] and Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh, Scotland.[55][56] In 2016, his work was exhibited and auctioned at Christie's New York.[57][58][59] Earlier in his career, he was included in the 2004 group exhibition 'Being Present' at The Jerwood Gallery London, showcasing eight young UK figurative painters who primarily work from life.[60][61][62]

London Portraits[edit]

'London Portraits' are a series of 15 paintings made upon Randall's return to the UK, of people who have contributed to their fields in British culture and society.[63][64][65] Each sitter was asked to choose a location in London for the background of their portraits. Participants include newscaster Jon Snow, actress Julie Walters, comedian Jo Brand, animator Nick Park, author/illustrator Raymond Briggs, novelist David Mitchell, actress Katie Leung, illustrator Dave McKean, poet Benjamin Zephaniah, movie producer Jeremy Thomas, film-maker Julien Temple, poet Simon Armitage, choreographer Akram Khan, zoologist Desmond Morris, actor Antony Sher and Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company Gregory Doran. A short documentary Carl Randall – London Portraits was made in conjunction with the project, showing Randall meeting and painting the sitters – each explaining their choice of location in London for their portraits.[66] Prints of this series of paintings were displayed at the print room of The National Portrait Gallery, London.[63][64][65]

Lecturing/talks[edit]

Randall has been invited to give talks at UCL Art Museum (University College London),[67] The London Art Fair,[68] CharterHouse School,[69] Cambridge University,[70] The British Council in Tokyo,[70] The National Portrait Gallery London[71] and The Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation (talk chaired by the Head of Undergraduate Painting at The Slade School);[72] in Tokyo, he was Adjunct Professor in Fine Art at Temple University Japan[73] and painting and drawing tutor at Suidobata Art Academy.[74] In London, he has been invited to give painting and drawing workshops at Heatherleys School of Fine Art,[75] The Art Academy[76] and The Royal Drawing School.[2]

Selected works[edit]

Colour painting of Japanese nightclub
Roppongi Nightclub. Oil on canvas, 65 x 130cm. Winner of The 2011 Nomura Art Prize, Tokyo. Collection of Tokyo Geidai Museum, Japan.[16] 
Eight-panel colour painting
Tokaido Highway Paintings. Oil on canvas, 42 x 30cm each. BP Travel Award work 2013. Exhibited at The National Portrait Gallery London.[5] 
Monochrome painting of Shinjuku station commuters
Shinjuku. Oil on canvas, 100 x 230cm. Exhibited at The National Portrait Gallery London 2013.[25] 
Monochrome painting of Tokyo subway commuters
Tokyo Subway. Oil on canvas, 130 x 162cm. Exhibited at The 2013 RA Summer Exhibition, The Royal Academy of Arts, London.[27] 
Monochrome painting consisting of large number of Japanese faces
Tokyo Portrait. Acrylic on canvas, 182 x 227cm. Collection of Fondation Carmignac, Paris France.[22] 
6 pencil and ink drawings of eldery Japanese people, Hibakusha, Survivors of the Atomic Bomb, Hiroshima
Hibakusha Portraits (Survivors of the Atomic Bomb, Hiroshima). Pencil and ink on paper, 35 x 50cm each. Collection of University College London Museum.[21] 
Monochrome painting consisting of large number of Japanese faces and Tokyo cityscape
Tokyo. Oil on canvas, 65 x 150cm. 
A series of colour oil portraits by artist Carl Randall, of 15 people who have contributed to British culture and society. Each portrait is set against a London backdrop chosen by the sitters
London Portraits. Oil on canvas, 30 x 42cm each (15 panels), 2014-16. 

Books[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Slade School of Fine Art Undergraduate Show 1999, Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, 1999 
  2. ^ a b The Princes Drawing School Alumni 2002/03, The Princes Drawing School, The Princes Foundation, 2002 
  3. ^ a b Randall, Carl (2012), Tokyo Portraits – by former MEXT scholar Carl Randall, The Japanese Embassy, London, retrieved 11 December 2013 
  4. ^ US artist wins £25,000 BP Portrait prize with painting of 'Auntie'. 'Carl Randall – Painting the faces in Japan's crowded cities'., The Guardian, 2012 
  5. ^ a b c d The 2012 BP Travel Award, The National Portrait Gallery, London, 2013, retrieved 11 December 2013 
  6. ^ In the Footsteps of Hiroshige – The Tokaido Highway and Portraits of Modern Japan – The 2012 BP Portrait Award at The National Portrait Gallery . "Tomorrows World", Artists & Illustrators Magazine, London, August 2013 issue, pages 34–37
  7. ^ a b Susan (19 June 2013), In the Footsteps of Hiroshige – The Tokaido Highway and Portraits of Modern Japan, The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London, retrieved 11 December 2013 
  8. ^ Victoria Pease (12 November 2013). "Painting Japan: Carl Randall on bringing Asia to Aberdeen". STV. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  9. ^ Carl Randall's 'Tokaido Highway Portraits' to be displayed in Japan for the first time, 8 July to 11 September 2014., The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London, 2014 
  10. ^ a b Follow in the footsteps of Carl Randall on the Tokaido Highway (Time Out Tokyo), Time Out Tokyo, Japan, 2014 
  11. ^ Mumford, Rachel (9 July 2013), Carl Randall's 'Japan Portraits' available for purchase, The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London, retrieved 11 December 2013 
  12. ^ "Video: Carl Randall in Japan", Artists & Illustrators, London: Chelsea Magazines Ltd., 31 July 2013, retrieved 11 December 2013 
  13. ^ BBC World Service: World Update. 'Carl Randall – Painting the faces in Japan's crowded cities'., BBC, 2016 
  14. ^ The 1998 Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition. "Fresh Fields, New Faces", The Sunday Times, London, 6 September 1998, page 8
  15. ^ Carl Randall – About., www.carlrandall.com, 2015 
  16. ^ a b The 2012 Nomura Art Prize, The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London, 2012 
  17. ^ Daiwa Scholars 2003, The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London, 2003, retrieved 11 December 2013 
  18. ^ Carl Randall- Picturing a Culture, JapanGasm blog, Tokyo, 16 July 2013, retrieved 12 December 2013 
  19. ^ ING Fresh Eyes on Formula 1, Car and Driver Magazine, Japan, December 2007
  20. ^ Susan (26 June 2012), Dr Carl Randall, former Daiwa Scholar, exhibiting at the Mall Galleries, London in May; at London's National Portrait Gallery, 21 June-23 September 2012 and then touring, The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London, retrieved 11 December 2013 
  21. ^ a b UCL Art Museum acquires Carl Randall's 'Hibakusha' Portraits, The Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation, 2014 
  22. ^ a b Fondation Carmignac – Carl Randall, Fondation Carmignac Paris, 2014 
  23. ^ Fondation Carmignac Artists, Fondation Carmignac Paris, 2014 
  24. ^ Prize Winners, The National Portrait Gallery, London, 2012, retrieved 11 December 2013 
  25. ^ a b c BP Portrait Award 2013, The National Portrait gallery, London, 2013 
  26. ^ Mr Kitazawa's Noodle Bar, Tokyo by Carl Randall, The National Portrait gallery, London, 2012 
  27. ^ a b 10 reasons to visit the 2013 RA Summer show, Making a Mark, June 10, 2013 
  28. ^ Carl Randall work selected for prestigious RA Summer Exhibition, Daiwa Anglo Japanese foundation, June 9, 2013 
  29. ^ "Carl Randall", The Prince's Drawing School Alumni Programme, London, 16 May 2012, retrieved 11 December 2013 
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  31. ^ The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition 2017, London: The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, 2017 
  32. ^ Royal Society Portrait Painters Exhibition. The Daily Telegraph, London, May 2nd 2017, page 8.
  33. ^ The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition 2018, London: The Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation, 2018 
  34. ^ The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize Exhibition 2017, London: The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, 2017 
  35. ^ Carl Randall paintings shortlisted for the 2017 Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, London: The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, 24 February 2017 
  36. ^ The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize Exhibition 2018, London: The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, 2018 
  37. ^ Carl Randall paintings exhibited at The Lynn Painter Stainers Prize Exhibition, 5 to 17 March 2018, London: The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, 2 March 2018 
  38. ^ Susan (11 September 2012), Carl Randall, a former Daiwa Scholar, will be exhibiting at the 2012 Jerwood Drawing Prize, London, 12 September – 28 October, The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London, retrieved 11 December 2013 
  39. ^ 'Flowers Gallery – Small is Beautiful', Flowers Gallery, London, 2017 
  40. ^ 'Carl Randall work featured in 'Small is Beautiful' at Flowers Gallery ', Daiwa Foundation, London, 2017 
  41. ^ 'Tokyo Portraits' solo exhibition, The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London, 2014 
  42. ^ 'Tokyo Portraits' private view opened by David Mitchell, The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London, 2014 
  43. ^ 'Shōzō [肖像]' solo exhibition, Berloni Gallery London, 2014 
  44. ^ Carl Randall's Shōzō [肖像] at the Berloni Gallery London, 17 September to 15 November 2014., The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London, 2014 
  45. ^ Carl Randall's 'Tokaido Highway Portraits' to be displayed in Japan for the first time, 8 July to 11 September 2014., The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London, 2014 
  46. ^ Carl Randall's new painting of Miho No Matsubara, The Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation, 2016 
  47. ^ Art Taipei 2012, The Prince's Drawing School Alumni Programme, London, 2012, retrieved 11 December 2013 
  48. ^ Art Volta 2014, Basel Switzerland, The Prince's Drawing School Alumni Programme, London, 2014 
  49. ^ ArtInternational – Exhibiting Artists, ArtInternational, 2015 
  50. ^ Carl Randall's work on display at ArtInternational Istanbul, 4-7 September 2015, The Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation, 2015 
  51. ^ Tokyo Art Award 2009, Art Award Tokyo, Maranouchi, Tokyo, Japan, 2009 
  52. ^ Solo Exhibition Tokyo, Tokyo Art Beat, Tokyo, Japan, 2009, retrieved 13 December 2013 
  53. ^ The Last Parade – Portraits of the veterans of D-Day., The Telegraph, 2015 
  54. ^ The Last of the Tide: Twelve portraits of D-Day veterans go on show at Buckingham Palace., Culture 24, 2015 
  55. ^ Last of the Tide, Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh., The Royal Collection Trust, 2016 
  56. ^ Carl Randall's D-Day veteran portrait will be on display in Edinburgh from 15 January to 28 March 2016., The Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation London, 2016 
  57. ^ Christie's New York Exhibition., Christie's, 2016 
  58. ^ Christie's New York., The Royal Drawing School London, 2016 
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  60. ^ Being Present – Eight Painters. (PDF), The Jerwood Space, London, 2004 
  61. ^ We're still here, say exponents of oldest art. Forgotten painters challenge the avant garde., The Guardian Newspaper, UK, 12 May 2004 
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  65. ^ a b Carl Randall's London Portraits., The Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation London, 2016 
  66. ^ Carl Randall's London Portraits – Video Documentary., The Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation London, 2016 
  67. ^ Carl Randall Talk at UCL Museum., Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation, 2015 
  68. ^ Carl Randall Talk at London Art Fair., Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation, 2015 
  69. ^ Carl Randall Talk at Charterhouse School., Charterhouse School, 2014 
  70. ^ a b Carl Randall – Resume – Introduction., www.carlrandall.com, 2015 
  71. ^ Carl Randall Talk at Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation., Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation, 2014 
  72. ^ Temple University Japan – Staff., Temple University Japan campus, 2015 
  73. ^ Suidobata Art Academy Tokyo – Staff., Suidobata Art Academy Tokyo, 2013 
  74. ^ Heatherleys School of Fine Art – Staff., Heatherleys School of Fine Art, London, 2016 
  75. ^ The Art Academy – Staff., The Art Academy, London, 2014 

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