Still life with Giants memorabilia by Carolyn Crampton

Carolyn Crampton

San Francisco, CALIFORNIA - United States


Carolyn Crampton born in Larchmont, New York. She received her BFA in painting from University of Colorado. Her painting studio is at Hunters Point Shipyard in San Francisco.
Crampton lives with rescued rabbits. She wrote and illustrated the books “Rabbit Language or ‘Are you going to eat that?’ “, and the just released "Ladybird: My Eight Lives", and illustrated “Dumbunny”. All books are available at bookstores and at Amazon.
Carolyn worked as a graphic designer. Crampton has taught art and design both privately, and at Expression College, at BAVC.org, and at S.F. City College Extension.
In college she played in an all-girl punk band and published a fanzine. Later her band, The Varve, played at clubs like the legendary Fab Mab. She still plays music.

Artist statement

Crampton’s paintings often include a live animal gazing at the viewer. The arrangement may echo classical hunting scenes but other elements provide a commentary on modern life.
As a child, Crampton visited many museums in Europe starting with the Louvre. Classical art is her foundation. Other influences are Mort Drucker, Charles Addams and Hilary Knight.
After a thumbnail sketch, her paintings are started directly on canvas with a brush. Crampton works from life and in natural light. She is a realist but welcomes human distortions that seep into the work.

Local shows

Crampton exhibits informally at her studio in Hunters Point. She has exhibited paintings in galleries such as: Studio Gallery, Alligator Gallery, Spectrum, the Fetterly Gallery, Duveen Gallery, and Works Gallery. Her works have been shown in Silicon Valley corporations and are in many Bay Area private collections. She has been in many juried exhibits including the juried books, "International American Art Collector" in 2015, and "International Contemporary Artists, Volume 8" in 2014.
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