Guarding Nike

Karolina Albricht

Year:

2017

Media:

oil on canvas

Size (cm):

120 x 100 x 3

London 2018

Other works

The Tourist

Karolina Albricht

Year:

2017

Media:

oil and acrylic on canvas

Size (cm):

80 x 60 x 2

London 2018

The Retreat

Karolina Albricht

Year:

2017

Media:

oil on canvas

Size (cm):

80 x 60 x 2

London 2018

Biography

Karolina Albricht was born in Cracow, Poland. In 2008 she graduated with a Masters degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow.
In 2007 she also completed Socrates-Erasmus at ArtEZ Institute of Fine Arts in Arnhem, the Netherlands.
Following her graduation she moved to London and has lived and worked here since. She is currently based in ASC Studios
in Bromley-By-Bow.
Albricht's practice focuses on the medium of painting. Her works are usually done in series and are based on specific subjects,
but ultimately they all concern certain aspects of human nature.
Albricht has exhibited across Europe and participated in many competitions including ArtGemini Prize (Public Choice Award) and Arte Laguna Prize. She has been previously shortlisted for the Royal College of Art Summer Exhibition and the Threadneedle Prize. Her work is held in private collections across the world.

Artist statement

Karolina Albricht’s practice reflects on the changing face of 21st century landscape and its role in our lives.
Her working process is synthetic, she researches the subjects and creates an internal image based on photos found on internet. She revisits and analyses moments, objects and interactions of colours and shapes. A vital part of her work are experiments with the texture, fluidity and application of paint.
This encourages transition between representation and non-representation.
Pinatubo volcano, mount Fuji and Aokigahara forest are examples of recurring themes in her work. These iconic references of nature seek to anchor a distinct realism in themes explored.
Incorporating elements of modern architecture is a means to introduce human presence to the landscape. It demonstrates how despite best intentions there inevitably becomes a conflict, with nature unwilling to be subjugated.
The introduction of animals into her works is another frequent theme. Karolina’s intention is to explore the relationship between the animal and landscape and how it shifts the image into a different dimension. The animal represents power, danger and primitive instinct while offering an element of humour and lightness to her work.
The narrative is often experimental and examines the idea of duality and contrast that surrounds us: human-nature, dream-reality, danger-fun, abstract-realism, control-chance. She uses this in order to recreate a distinct mood which envelopes her work; uneasy, playful and ambiguous.
Ultimately, Karolina renders a collective imagination of landscape which connects and disconnects with the world. The unfamiliar becomes familiar.