Following a spectacular time at art schools at Bolton, Manchester, The Slade and Paris, and with great critical acclaim from the press, Carolyn Stafford was "knocked sideways" by the birth of her disabled daughter in 1963. Although this affected her professionally for a number of years, she returned to teaching and exhibiting in the early 1970s, together with raising her family of four children, and gradually became a full-time lecturer. Her long marriage to broadcaster Gordon Clough broke up on two occasions, but they remarried in 1993. She has exhibited in England and abroad including The John Moores Exhibition, Liverpool, The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and other major group shows. She has amassed a great amount of work.
Although some of her early work was of backstreets with washing, she was more influenced by the Lancashire moors. Born on the edge of the Pennines at Moorside Avenue, Bolton, she was fascinated by the view from her house of Lomax’s wife’s plantation which she has painted many times. (The farmer, Lomax, married a girl from leafy Cheshire who missed her trees so he planted some for her on the moors where they still stand- although battered and blasted by the wind). Later Carolyn was influenced by the stained glass in the Sainte Chapelle in Paris. The largest landscapes she has done were pantomime backdrops for pantomimes at St Mary Magdalene Church, Wandsworth Common, which all her family performed in.
Her paintings are in the Government Art Collection, and in The Slade and University College Collection, and can be viewed under the name Cynthia Carolyn Stafford on the BBC's page 'Your Paintings'. Carolyn is still working and also holds a weekly class for a small group of students.
Carolyn Stafford is a Painter and Printmaker who was educated at Bolton School, Bolton College of Art, Manchester College of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art.
“I will back Carolyn Stafford for the long pull” John Russell, The Sunday Times
“Carolyn Stafford’s Mediterranean sense of colour” Brian Robertson, The Times
"Carolyn Stafford deserves a mention. She still draws on Northern subjects long after her remove from her native Bolton" from "The Northern School' by Peter Davies
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