Loss, Love, and Fortitude are the usual subjects of the lyrics written by Carole Bayer Sager. I’m pretty sure that you’ve heard her lyrics before, as they were performed by numerous vocalists, from Chaka Khan to Petula Clark. But some six years ago, Carole made the switch to a brand new career. She turned to painting on canvass, and ever since, she has been at doing that feverishly. Sager grew up New York City where she already was writing songs in her teenager years.
Together with Toni Wine, Carole wrote the song ‘A Groovy Kind of Love’ that became a top hit while she was still at the NYC High School of Music & Art. This song reached to the number two position on the Billboard Hot 100 list in the version performed by The Mindbenders, a group from England. ‘A Groovy Kind of Love’ was later also recorded by Sonny & Cher, Petula Clark, and Phil Collins. Sager married famous composer Burt Bacharach and their marriage lasted for ten years. Together with Burt she wrote ‘On My Own’, the big Patti Labelle hit song, and ‘That’s What Friends Are For’, which in 1987 won a Grammy for ‘Song of the Year’. It was commonly known that for Carole, writing songs always had been a way to get through her difficult and painful personal life. As she says herself, ‘Songwriting has saved my painful life, and I always must do something creative’. Carole is happily married now to former Warner Bros chair Robert Daly.
Some six years ago, Sager switched to canvass painting and to reach a fine level, she was hiring private tutors to teach her the finesses, and she actually hired the best available instructors to teach her how to master the Realist tradition. Sager features a great portfolio that clearly shows her passion for still-lives that are to be found all around us, but also includes portraiture of, among others, Mr. Chow and Steve Martin
Carole’s paintings are reflecting her passion for experimenting with composition, color, and texture. Just take a closer look at her ‘Portrait of Two Popcorns’, which is featuring, against a black background, two popped kernels, and you will notice the mystifying reflection on the place where they sit. Just look at the way they are presented, like a couple of top performers that stand side-by-side at some stage engulfing the applause. If you look at ‘Popping’, you will, again, notice the black background to emphasize the dozens of flying kernels’ vanilla shapes suspended in mid-air. In her work called ‘Big Pop’, Carole makes us look into a popcorn bowl, while creating 3-dimensionality and depth through color values and great composition. Astonishing is her bold application of purples and blues.