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Sheila Girling, who died in 2014 aged 90, was an artist whose vibrant oils, watercolours, papercuts and collages were infused with a Modernist spirit and the vivid style of the American “colour field” abstract painters. She explored colourful abstraction and enjoyed collaborating with her husband, Sir Anthony Caro. She was also known as Lady Caro, the supportive wife of the sculptor Sir Anthony Caro. She once described their marriage as a “64-year conversation about art”.

Nicholas Serota, the director of the Tate, has observed. “Over a long career she developed a distinctive personal language to explore the territory between abstraction and reality.” Sheila Girling sought inspiration from the playful collages and canvases of Matisse and Miró. Landscapes, still lives
and interiors were captured in her vibrant palette.

This exhibition coincides with the Anthony Caro Sea Music Project to celebrate the completed refurbishment of the ‘Sea Music’ sculpture on Poole Quay in May 2017. There are complementary exhibitions of Caro’s ‘Concerto Series’ of sculptures at Poole Museum from 13 May 2017 and ‘100 views of Sea Music’ by David Ward.

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