Interview | CAROL HU


Feeling Pastel
Acrylic on canvas
2014 
26 x 20 inches

Carol Hu is a contemporary abstract artist. She has been painting since she could hold a brush and has expressed her creativity through paint on canvas. Carol studied Visual Arts and Art History at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. She currently lives and works in the New York area. Her work has been featured in New York Magazine, Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, Chelsea Now, Housetrends.


Why do you paint?

I started painting when I was a kid. I have a really creative mind and have tried my hand at other things, but painting is the only thing I'm good at !


How do you describe your work ?

My work is really expressive and light hearted. It's all about the brushstrokes and the color palette. 


Whats the best advice someone else has given you ?

My mentor who trained me professionally kept urging that I paint more loosely because at the time I was really focused on these tight, controlled strokes and it wasn't until after that, that I was able to paint like I do now. 


Is there a similarity between your paintings and personal style?

I guess, I never thought about that, but there definitely is a correlation. I love muted pastels and unconventional colors and that's really what I gravitate towards in both art and fashion. And since my paintings are flowing and loose, my personal style is sort of that way-- pretty much the opposite of tailored and structured.


Who is your favorite artist?

I have so many favorite artists that change as my interests evolve. I'd say, right now it would be my friend Greg Friedler, he's a really talented photographer who has a unique perspective. I also love Richard Serra. 


When do you feel inspired the most? 

When I'm happy! 


What is your favorite fashion and art collaboration?

This might sound egotistical, but I actually curated one several years back! That's the only one that comes to mind.