Born in 1981 Carl Hoare grew up in Ryde on the Isle of Wight. Amid a collection of siblings, chickens, domestic pets and bucolic surroundings, he found it a little too easy to lose himself in his imagination. Diagnosed at age six with severe dyslexia, a love of painting and drawing proved itself to be - as well as a passion, a distraction and a way out from school and academia. 

    After leaving behind his job as a drayman, Carl went on to gain a BTEC in art at Portsmouth University, followed by a BA Honours degree at the Surrey Institute of Art and later on an MA in Illustration at Kingston University. 

    As a young artist Carl was moved and influenced by German Expressionism, most prominently Max Beckmann, George Grosz and Otto Dix. Over the years however, he has become increasingly interested in British war affiliated artists such as Stanley Spencer, C. R. W. Nevinson and Paul Nash, as well as more contemporary practitioners including Lucian Freud, Peter Howson and Stuart Pearson Wright. Carl is also as enthusiastic about Pop Art and Pop Surrealism and illustration.  

    His first exhibition at Jeffrey West in London's Piccadilly attracted two hundred guests including the pop artist legend Sir Peter Blake who after examining the paintings on show remarked "You like all the same artists I like".  As well as in London, Carl has exhibited overseas in New York, L.A., Berlin, Vienna and Shanghai. 

     New York Arts Magazine described his work as having:

     “…the dark undertones of Marion Peck and Mark Ryden,

     two amazing lowbrow pioneers.”

    Respected photographer Paul Postle who played a prominent part in creating the iconography of 90’s Indie band Blur states:

    ''Carl's work is a poignant reminder that our life is driven by events. Emotions can divert us down to the dank, dark parts of town. With Carl's hand we are introduced to a society of characters with secrets and stories that might give us sleepless nights. But we can't help but stare''.

    Arts Fair International:

    “Hoare's work depicts all energy and spectacle of portraiture

    while presenting a dark sarcastic world that is persona as well as 

    impersonal ...”

    Sketch Magazine:

    ''Truly impressive, complex modern art.''

    N. Quentin Woolf of Xstream East Radio:

    “I was struck by how much the two figures – Carl Hoare and Sylvia Plath 

    had in common, particularly their interest in German history and the 

    figure of the German.”

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