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"These transporting portraits are beautiful meditations in paint...

Each is rendered lovingly and intensely; the works impart that the chariot to greatness comes in many forms

and that every artist is also one of these mighty figures, laboring with passion in private shadows. ... "

Jerry Saltz, New York Magazine, April 15, 2018

Carole Freeman is an American and Canadian contemporary figurative artist known for evocative portraits and narrative paintings of cultural, social, political, and personal significance. The subjects of her pictures are intensely rendered with a distinctive intimacy, whether they are celebrities, artists, historical or newsworthy figures, family, friends, or strangers.

Freeman works in series from both life and varied source material such as personal and found photographs, film stills, mass media images, or famous artworks. Her paintings, produced with gestural brush marks and a command of drawing, are processed through close observation and an instinctual understanding of the time in which she lives.

Freeman currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada.



Unsung, Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York, NY.


Something About Winnipeg, Gurevich Fine Art, Winnipeg, Canada.

Selections 2012-2016, Walnut Contemporary, Toronto, Canada.


Portraits From Facebook, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, Canada.

Doing the Docs, Toronto International Film Festival Headquarters Hyatt Regency Hotel, Toronto, Canada.


If the Paparazzi Could Paint, International Film Festival Official Headquarters Hyatt Regency Hotel, Toronto, Canada.

If the Paparazzi Could Paint, Rebecca Gallery, Toronto, Canada.



Chairs,  Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York, NY.


Satellite Art Show, Curatious, Miami, FL.

Boston International Fine Art Show, Brenda Taylor Gallery, Boston, MA.

Art New York, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, New York, NY.


Young Masters, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London, UK.

Art +, Van Der Plas Gallery, New York, NY.


ArtToronto, Gurevich Fine Art, Toronto, Canada.


ArtToronto, Gurevich Fine Art, Toronto, Canada.

Classical Values: Modern and Contemporary Drawing, Leslie Sacks Fine Art, Los Angeles, California.

Women's Art, Gurevich Fine Art, Winnipeg, Canada.


Women's Art Now, Leslie Sacks Fine Art, Los Angeles, California.


Art Takes Times Square, New York, New York.



Portrait Commission, The Glass House, New Canaan, CT.


Three paintings for Collection Jerry Saltz (Senior Art Critic, New York Magazine) and Roberta Smith (Senior Art Critic, NY Times), New York, NY.


Twins (Five Paintings), Private Collection, Toronto, Canada.


Portrait of Leslie Sacks, Published in African Art from the Leslie Sacks Collection, Skira.


Nine Drawings of Man Friday, Commissioned by Blue Leaf Gallery for Lord and Lady Glentorran, Dublin, Ireland.

Portraits of Norman Jewison, David Mirvish, and Ucal Powell, Harold Green Theatre Company, Toronto, Canada.

Four Paintings of Bert, Private Collection, Toronto, Canada.

Portrait of Jeremy Chilnick, Commissioned by Morgan Spurlock, New York, NY.



Brown University, Visiting Artist Lecture, Providence, RI, November 7.


Canadian Arts Summit, Guest Panellist, Making Art in the Age of New Media, Moderated by Janet Carding, Director, Royal Ontario Museum, Banff Centre, Canada.

Portrait Painting Party, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, Canada.



University of Toronto, Visual Art Award, Faculty of Education, Toronto, Canada.


Canada Council, Project Cost Grant, Montreal, Canada.  


La Cite Internationale des Arts, Four Month Residency, Paris, France.


Royal College of Art, Travel Award, Italy.


Canada Council, Project Cost Grant, London, England.


Art Bank, Ottawa, Canada. Continental Oil Company, London, UK. Royal College of Art, London, UK., University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. York University, Toronto, Canada, Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP, Winnipeg, Canada.

Private Collections: UK, Canada, Italy, Ireland, Australia, USA including Guy and Nora Barron Collection, Jerry Saltz and Roberta Smith Collection, Morgan Spurlock, Leslie Sacks Estate, Stefan Olsson (Stena Sphere), Brian Levitt (Chair, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / TD Bank Financial Group), and Lord and Lady Glentoran Collection.


University of Manitoba Today

Inspiring Minds: Perspective. Sean Moore, Fall, 2019.

The Brown Daily Herald

Visiting artist aims to show 'ray of hope' inpaintings.Jango McCormick, November 12, 2018.  

New York Magazine

May 2, 2018.Jerry Saltz, April 15, 2018.

The Guardian

Unsung heroes: portraits of figures who deserve artistic recognition.Nadja Sayej, March 16, 2018.

Wall Street International

22 Apr 2018 at Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York.March 28, 2018.

Artnet News

Editors' Picks: 14 Things to See in New York This Week.SarahCasconeMarch 12, 2018.

Editors' Picks: 14 Things to See in New York ThisWeek.2018.

Winnipeg Free Press

Painting the Faces ofWinnipeg.Alison Gilmore, October 31, 2016.

Canadian Art

Must-Sees This Week: November 3 to 9, 2016. November 3, 2016.


Carole Freeman's Selections 2012-2016 at Walnut Contemporary.David Saric, August, 2016.


Surprise Appearances.GaryMichael Dault, Summer Issue, 2016.

Globe and Mail

Carole Freeman Finds Her Muse on Facebook .James Adams, 2 December 2011.

Carole Freeman's Facebook Friends.December 2, 2011.

The National Post

Portraits from Pokes. 1 December 2011.

Celebrity Apprentice. 9 September 2010.

Berkshire Fine Arts

Friend Me: Portraits and Projects, Carole Freeman. 22 January 2012.

Canadian Jewish News

Getting Friended With a Paintbrush. 15 December 2011.

Akimbo Art and Tech

Carole Freeman Unplugged. .James Fowler, April 10, 2012.

Otino Corsano

Global Paint Party.5 January 2012.


Carole Freeman.Nadja Sayej, 2 December 2011.

The Star Blogs

Pretty As a Picture. 15 September 2011.


Friend Me at The Edward Day Gallery. Here and Now, CBC Radio, 1 December 2011.



Bachelor of Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.


Master of Arts, Royal College of Art, School of Painting, London, England.


Bachelor of Fine Arts Honors (Dean's Honors List), University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.