Crampton’s dream-like still life paintings include a sentient animal gazing out at the viewer, as a witness to modern life. The works raise questions about our relationships with animals, the future and our collections of stuff. The animals may interact with the items but they possess a different relationship to them.
By using a realistic style, the common becomes nostalgic and humorous. Crampton works from life, sketching directly on canvas with brush, and then adding layers of color glazes.
Carolyn Crampton, grew up near New York City, but spent a childhood summer in Europe, visiting countless museums. The feeling of being at home with the paintings forged her desire to be an artist. Other influences are Mort Drucker and Charles Addams.
Carolyn Crampton received her BFA from the University of Colorado. During college, she published a fanzine and was a radio DJ. She moved to San Francisco with her all-girl punk band, and played at the iBeam, Fab Mab and other legendary clubs. She still plays music.
Her works have been shown in galleries such as Studio Gallery, Alligator Gallery, Spectrum, Fetterly Gallery, Duveen Gallery, and Works Gallery, in Silicon Valley corporations, and are included in many Bay Area private collections. Her paintings been accepted into many juried exhibits.
Crampton lives with rescued rabbits. Her rabbit drawings are included in her books “Rabbit Language or ‘Are you going to eat that?’ “, "Ladybird: My Eight Lives", and “Dumbunny” by Mary Ann Wolf. Crampton also creates humorous political cartoons under the moniker "Laugh About It".