Caroline Sykes - biography

portraits landscapes and seascapes


Caroline studied in London at St. Martin’s School of Art and then at Goldsmith’s college where she specialised in graphic design. Caroline has painted all her life – even at the age of 3 it was her favourite occupation.
After working as a graphic designer for several years, she started painting full time whilst designing and building a large house in Devon with her first husband. Since then Caroline has exhibited her oils, watercolours and original prints worldwide, including the Royal Academy and the Mall Galleries.
Caroline has produced many landscapes, seascapes, house, people and animal portraits, as well as a variety of copies including several Monets and Van Goghs.
Caroline is a member of the Chelsea Arts Club, ..” a wonderfully impressive place to take potential clients as there’s usually a celebrity or two, plus it has an exciting, old-fashioned, grand, slightly decadent atmosphere as well as the best food in London!”

Caroline has lived in Devon and Somerset as well as in London. Her affinity and great love of the countryside can be seen in her many landscapes and seascapes.
She has now become one of London's foremost portrait painters.
She has been married twice , had 3 children, and now lives happily in her garden flat in Chelsea and visits her many friends in the countryside.
Caroline is descended from a string of artists and writers on both sides of her family, the most famous being William Somerset Maugham.


1976 Gallery 22, Hampstead, London.
1977 The White Elephant club, London (solo)
1978 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
1979 Look Gallery, Helmsley, Yorkshire
1980 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
1981 Drian Galleries, London (solo)
1982 The British Artist Show, Chelsea
1983 Merrifield Studios, Hampstead.
1984 Cancer research travelling art exhibition
1985 Brinkley’s Wine Gallery, London (solo)
1986 Chantal Scherrer Contemporary Art, London
1987 London Contemporary Art – Limited Edition prints (solo)
1988 International Art Fair at the Barbican

1989 London Contemporary Art and the Sunday Times Watercolours at the Mall Galleries, St. James, plus show at The Chelsea Arts Club (solo)
1990 Charlotte Lampard Gallery, Chelsea
1991 Flowers Gallery, Chelsea and Zella 9, Chelsea, plus show at “The Art Gallery” Le Touquet, France (solo)
1992 Chenil Galleries, Gill Drey, Chelsea
1993 John Campbell Gallery, Walton street SW3 (solo)
1997 Artists in Wales – Powys
1999 Beck House, Vauxhall with the Swiss Embassy (solo)
2000 Beck House (solo)
2004 Piers Feetham Gallery, Fulham Road, London (solo)
2006 Fiveseventen 232 Old Brompton Road SW5 (solo)
2008 Fitzhead Court, near Taunton, Somerset (solo)

National Gallery of Gdansk
Standard Chartered Bank