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Carolyn Gowdy

Born in Seattle in 1956, Carolyn Gowdy has been based in London since 1977. She has worked internationally as an illustrator and is renowned for her narrative images with text inscriptions. Her paintings and drawings are populated by a cast of idiosyncratic characters, and her work, which is at once playful, reflective and philosophical, has been very influential and much imitated in recent years. Always fascinated by the relationship between words and images, two early series made while she was at the Royal College of Art (1977-80) were initially inspired by the writings of Simone de Beauvoir. England & Co held a solo exhibition of her work in December 2006 and selected works from her Theatre of Women series and other more recent works are available from the gallery.



Drawings & works on paper



Tank - Details


Tank c 1979

Mixed media with collage
6.25 x 9 inches

  From The Theatre of Women series

Museum of Mankind - Details


Museum of Mankind c 1979

Mixed media with collage
16.25 x 14 inches

  From The Theatre of Women series

Waiting to be a woman - Details


Waiting to be a woman c 1979

Mixed media and collage
11.5 x 15.75 inches

  From The Theatre of Women series

What is a woman without a man? - Details


What is a woman without a man? c 1979

Mixed media with collage
10 x 14.5 inches

  From The Theatre of Women series

An Interview with the 'Ideal' Woman - Details


An Interview with the 'Ideal' Woman c 1980

Mixed media and collage
11 x 13 inches

  From The Ideal Woman's Scrapbook series

It's worth keeping a positive attitude - Details


It's worth keeping a positive attitude c 1980

Mixed media with collage on paper
7.75 x 6.5 inches

  From The Ideal Woman's Scrapbook series

Ideal Woman - Details


Ideal Woman c 1980

Mixed media with collage on paper
6.75 x 8.5 inches

  From The Ideal Woman's Scrapbook series

Chapter 5: approaching old age - Details


Chapter 5: approaching old age c 1979

Mixed media with collage on card
11 x 8 inches

  From The Theatre of Women series

Lips on stage - Details


Lips on stage c 1980

Mixed media with collage on paper
7.75 x 6.5 inches

  From The Ideal Woman's Scrapbook series

What should I wear today? - Details


What should I wear today? c 1980

Mixed media with collage on card
7.5 x 10.5 inches

  From The Ideal Woman's Scrapbook series

A Doubting Heart - Details


A Doubting Heart c 1979

Mixed media with collage on paper
7.25 x 8 inches

  From The Theatre of Women series

Stop being a wall flower - Details


Stop being a wall flower (detail) c 1979

Mixed media with collage on card
20 x 12 inches

  From The Theatre of Women series

Woman with Angel - Details


Woman with Angel c 1979

Mixed media on book cover
12.5 x 7 inches