Australian Artist , Sydney - Australia
Carla Wettstein-Utiger is the progeny of an artistic Swiss family and grew up in Zurich, Switzerland. Her father was a well known artist, and her mother an accomplished pianist.
Carla began copying the Old Masters, a technique she had learned from her father, and then later expanded into still life and landscapes. In 1970 Carla and her husband immigrated to Sydney, Australia for the first time. In 1971 her first exhibit where two paintings that hung in the Waratah Mirror Festival. While in Australia, during this time she expanded into fantasy painting, which she continues to this day.
Her mother taught her to play the piano from the age of four. She kept her devotion to music up to this day, and is still playing concert pieces.
In 1986 Carla and her family returned to Switzerland. Then, after her father's death in 1990, Carla started to paint in earnest, and began to believe that she could even exhibit her work in galleries as her father had done before her. She produced more fantasy paintings and some more landscapes, opened her own gallery in Zurich and exhibited there twice, once in 1998 and then again in 1999.
In 2002 Carla continued her education in Sydney and two years later was awarded the Diploma of Fine Arts at TAFE Northern Beaches. These studies expanded her horizons into the more modern styles of painting, into further learning about different painters and in art history.
In 2006 Carla became fascinated by the beauty inherent in the
internal organs of the human body and began painting her artistic interpretation
of them for a solo exhibition. The organs are incorporated into intensely
colourful views of the natural world and are identifiable more through the
painting's titles than through their representation. As Carla says:" It is
fantastic how our body looks inside and how we can find similarities in nature".
"Carla's vision of the subject is unique and oddly beautiful." (F.W.)
Carla has now adopted a surrealistic style, which has allowed her to pursue her
fantasies to their fullest.
Paintings by Carla Wettstein:
Copies of Old Masters