Karolina Albricht was born in Cracow, she went on to study in both her home town and Holland and now lives and works in London. Karolina is making her mark on the art world with her unique style and incredible depictions of the realities and surroundings of humanity. Themes of her work include self conflict, the balancing act of desire and meeting your aspirations and the constant battle of self-control. Depicting the energy of someone and the elements of experience is at the forefront of her figurative work, she is able to portray the extremities of a decision and the blurred boundaries that extend into a ‘submit or self-destruct’ existence. Controversial themes such as suicide are tackled head on with two levels from contrasting angles one intimate and one reflective.
‘The intimate portraits act as close-ups of deep-rooted emotion that is prevalent in this subject. The reflective pieces convey the contemplating mood of landscapes, reflecting beauty and allure of death upon nature.’ Karolina Albricht.
Karolina has been exhibiting since 2006 and is now represented by London galleries. We were very happy when Karolina agreed to our interviews, we really wanted to feature her work, art that we love and are very excited about. We urge you to follow Karolina on her artistic journey.
Self taught or art school?
I would say it’s a combination of both… I got MA in painting from Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland. The idea of it is very traditional and sort of strict (which is funny-it being an art school)- they put a lot of emphasis on learning the craft as a basis of any type of fine art and the self-exploration is slightly neglected. So that part of it I guess I could say was/is self-taught.
If you could own one work of art what would it be?
Hmmmm….. Very tricky… I think I would have to stick to Peter Doing’s ‘Milky Way’
How would you describe your style?
I think it’s fluid and still keeps on alternating and ‘becoming’. That’s the fun part of creating. But there are definitely some continuing qualities of my painting and my subjects.
What are your favourite places to view art?
One of my favourite galleries is Victoria Miro’s gallery in Angel- it offers a great selection of art in great surroundings- you can’t ask for more!
Who are your favourite artists and why?
Francisco Goya, Luc Tuymans, Marlene Dumas, Peter Doig- the painterly experimentation and subject choice I find it captivating. My recent fascination is Ryan Mosley- I love his playfulness. Also Chris Martin and Wangechi Mutu and…and…and…
What or who inspires your art?
There isn’t one thing or person that inspires me, it’s a collection, which gains new members every day. Music, books, people, situations, films, conversations, things that don’t happen and things that aren’t meant to happen and things that happen.
Where’s your studio and what’s it like?
One of the rooms in the flat I live in is my studio.
Do you have any studio rituals?
No. But sometimes I sit and look around for a long time.
What are you working on currently?
I’ve been working on a series ‘Suicide: Allure of Death’, which is organically continuing through paintings relating to nature and its dark secrets. It’s as if we were transferring some of the issues and burdens upon the world around us.
Where can we buy your art?
You can visit my website karolinaalbricht.com and contact me directly firstname.lastname@example.org
What are your ambitions?
To never stop painting.