About this artwork

Rhodes is drawn to painting areas of landscape which are familiar but commonly disregarded, such as service stations, car parks and airports. Her source material includes geography textbooks and aerial photographs. Rhodes paints the scenes on smooth boards, giving her paintings a detailed, enamel-like quality that is reminiscent of early Netherlandish pictures. She uses muted colours and an even light, which serve to emphasise the effects of any shadows or strong colour added. Rhodes makes a deliberate contrast between the small scale, on which she works, and the often huge area she depicts.

  • title: Service Station
  • accession number: GMA 4245
  • artist: Carol RhodesScottish (born 1959)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Transport links
  • medium: Oil on board
  • date created: 1998
  • measurements: 46.90 x 47.10 cm
  • credit line: Purchased 1998
  • copyright: © the artist
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Carol Rhodes

Carol Rhodes

Carol Rhodes was born in Edinburgh. She grew up in Bengal and returned to the United Kingdom at the age of fourteen to complete her education. She studied painting at Glasgow School of Art from 1977 to 1982. After a five-year gap, Rhodes resumed painting in 1990 and held her first solo exhibition in 1998. She is known for her paintings of fictional, apparently insignificant, landscapes which are usually viewed from an aerial perspective, which makes them look almost abstract. Recent exhibitions include Looking at the View, Tate Britain, London (2013) and The Ground Around, Vilma Gold, London (2010). Her works are in major collections including Tate, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut. Rhodes lives and works in Glasgow.