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Carolyn Crampton

I paint in a traditional style, creating still life or, increasingly, fantasy worlds inhabited by animals. The animals are witnesses; provoking reflections on our collections of stuff and on our modern world. My pet rabbits sometimes sit for a painting or a drawing. After a thumbnail sketch, I start directly on the canvas with a brush. Once I have a rough drawing, I start laying on many thin color glazes, adjusting the drawing as I go. I welcome distortions that seep into the work—I am not a camera. Works are created in series.

I also draw and publish books. In October 2016, I began drawing and posting political cartoons on social media as “Laugh_About_It_” as a way to lighten the spirits of my friends and myself. The first volume was published in October 2019. My rabbit drawings are included in the books “Rabbit Language or ‘Are you going to eat that?’ ” a guide to understanding your pet rabbit, “Ladybird: My Eight Lives”, and “Dumbunny” an Easter Bunny storybook by Mary Ann Wolf.

Building: 101 - Studio: 1223
Phone: 415-810-4546
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Artist Bio

I grew up in Larchmont, New York. After attending SUNY at New Paltz, I received my B.F.A. in Painting,  from the University of Colorado. I moved to San Francisco with my all-girl punk band. I still play music.

I've exhibited at various Bay Area galleries, in local and national juried competitions and my work is housed in corporate collections. I have taught art, design, and software, both privately, at Expression College, Bay Area Video Coalition, and at San Francisco City College Extension.

I make art in the studio or at home, but I'm always working hard at something.



2016  "Art of the Toy", Arts Benicia, Benicia, CA, juried by Tony Natsoulas.

2016 "Still Life Past Present and Future", Ube Art, Berkeley.

2015  Make it Work, Studio Gallery, San Francisco.

2008  “The State of Painting” Bay Area Painters, ArtWorks Downtown, San Rafael, juried.

2008  “Landscape at Risk”,  Comet Gallery, Coconino Community College, Flagstaff, AZ, juried.

2008  AXIS 3rd National Juried Exhibition, Axis Gallery, Sacramento, CA.

2007  Beyond Fiction, Artwork Gallery, San Francisco, juried.

2005  Gallery Route One, Pt. Reyes, CA, juried by Phil Linhares.

2004  Best of the West, 11 E Ashland Gallery, Phoenix, AZ, juried.

2004  Fremont Art League Annual, Fremont, CA, juried by William Yokoyama.

2001  Art Works Downtown, San Rafael, juried.

1999  Selections from ArtSpan Open Studio, juried.

1997  Art of Collage and Assemblage, Arts Benicia, juried by Phillip Linhares.

1997 Selections from ArtSpan Open Studio, Academy of Art College Gallery, juried.

1995  California Dreaming, Bayfront Gallery, curated by Phillip Linhares.

1993  “Fixing the Earth,” Badé Museum, Berkeley, juried.



2020  JCO's Affordable Art Show and Sale, JCO's ArtHaus, Los Gatos, CA

2020  Earth Island Initiative Conference, University of California, Berkeley, CA, online exhibit.

2019  "Play Date", FireHouse Art Center/Harrington Gallery, Pleasanton, CA.

2019  Earth Action Initiative Conference, March 23, 2019, University of California, Berkeley, CA.

2019  2019 57th Annual Neighborhood Art Show, San Francisco Public Library Potrero Hill Branch.

2019 "Advanced", Office of Senator Scott Wiener, San Francisco, curated by Joseph Abbati.

2019 "Conversations in Paint", the work of Carmi/Anaheeda/Crampton at Goodman2 Art Center.

Dart for Art, 2019, LymeLight Foundation, San Mateo Event Center.

2018  Spring Allure at Back to the Picture, Valencia Gallery, curated by Martha A. Castrillo.

2016  ArtSpan satellite show at Mission Bowling Club, San Francisco.

1990  "7 After Eve" artist group, Artists Television Access, San Francisco, exhibition and performance.




2008  Instructor of the Year, and Teacher of the Year, Expression College

2008  Fremont Art League Annual, Fremont, CA, juried by William Yokoyama, honorable mention.

1997  Honorable Mention, Whispers Exhibit, Gallery on the Rim, San Francisco

1994  Honorable Mention, Shipyard Artists at Sally’s, S.F., curated by Renny Pritikin

1993  Honorable Mention, Annual 2D Competition, San Jose Art League

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