London-based Caroline Achaintre’s watercolours and prints sit at the heart of a multi-disciplinary practice, which also traverses textiles and ceramics. Renowned for working in vibrant colour and potent imagery, Achaintre’s work often evokes a subversive spirit of carnival, creating an atmosphere that is simultaneously playful and absurd.
While drawing on traditional European festivals, still a regular, seasonal occurrence in towns and villages throughout the continent, often typified by centuries-old customs and darkly-fantastical costume, the artist simultaneously makes links to contemporary sub-cultural strands of sci-fi, the goth-metal scene, psychedelia and horror films.
Caroline Achaintre (1969, FR) She spent her formative years in Germany studying Fine Art at Kunsthochschule in Halle/Saale (1996-98), with her postgraduate Studies in Fine Art and Combined Media at Chelsea College of Art & Design, London, UK (1998- 2000) and a MA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, London, UK (2001- 03). Recent solo exhibitions include: Dortmunder Kunstverein, Dortmund, DE (2018); Touchstones Rochdale, UK (2018); De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, UK (2018); Museo de Arte Precolombiano, Casa del Abado, Quito, EC (2017-18); FRAC Champagne- Ardenne, Reims, FR (2017); BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK (2016); TATE Britain, London, UK (2015); Castello di Rivoli, Turin, IT (2015-16). In 2019 she will present her first institutional solo show in Vienna at the Belvedere Museum. She lives and works in London.