Originally from Philadelphia, Carolyn Oberst settled in NYC after living in London, Southern Spain and Morocco, drawing and gathering influences along the way. After studying at the NY Studio School and the Art Students League in NYC, she started exhibiting her artwork in1980.
Over the years, she has been an interdisciplinary artist, working across painting, drawing, mixed media, and wood relief. Currently, she has returned to the directness of oil paint on canvas or paper. Drawing has always played an important part in her process, no matter what the medium, her image making begins with a drawing that gets modified and changed, sometimes dramatically, as the work evolves. The overall interpretation of her images is left for the viewer, encouraging continued looking and visual interaction with the work.
Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in NYC, other US cities, and, internationally, in Seoul, S. Korea, and it is also held in private collections.
TouchMother's Day 2020 - Online Group Exhibition 10 May - 28 Jun 2020Yi Gallery is pleased to present Touch, an online exhibition coinciding with Mother’s Day. The show features works by Carolyn Oberst, Madeline Donahue, Kati Verebics, Dhanashree Gadiyar and Etty Yaniv. While different in their choices of medium and subject, the five artist moms offer a sense of mutual joy and an openness to experiment by using colors, lines, shapes and a touch of humor. Some paint about the many aspects of the rich, messy and overwhelming experience of motherhood, while others tackle difficult subjects and emotions, such as climate change and pain through metaphorical abstraction. Challenging limitations on the depiction of artist-mothers, we present this wide-ranging selection to illustrate the diversity of art emerging from moms’ studios today.