Caia Matheson

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Sanctum, 2013 Oil And Dyes On Hand Strectched Canvas 100x100cm © CaiaMatheson2014
Universal Love, 2013 Oil And Dyes On Hand Strectched Canvas 70x80cm © CaiaMatheson2014
Wisdom lies Beneath the Light, 2013 Oil And Dyes On Hand Strectched Canvas 100x100cm © CaiaMatheson2014
Remembering, 2013 Oil And Dyes On Hand Strectched Canvas 80x80cm © CaiaMatheson2014
Barcelona, 2013 Oil And Dyes On Hand Strectched Canvas 100x100cm © CaiaMatheson2014
Journey On, 2009 Oil On Canvas 100x100cm © Caia2009
Keep Dancing, 2009 Oil On Canvas 100x150cm © Caia2010
Chakra, 2009 Oil On Canvas 100x100cm © Caia2009
Rapture, 2008 Oil On Canvas 80x120cm © Caia2009
Transubstantiation, 2008 Oil On Canvas 120x120cm © Caia2009
In The Beginning, 2009 Oil On Canvas 60x60cm © Caia2009
Point of Contact, 2008 Oil On Canvas 64x56cm © Caia2009
Conspiracy, 2009 Oil On Canvas 97 X 196 Cm © Caia2009
Transgression, 2009 Oil On Canvas 197 X 96 Cm
Eminence, 2010 Oil On Canvas 100x100cm
Event Horizon, 2013 Oil And Dyes On Hand Stretched Canvas 154x154cm © Caia Matheson 2014
Quick Facts
Lives in
Brighton UK
Works in
Brighton UK
Representing galleries
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gallery surrealism painting figurative exhibition/performance, studio-lofts landscape modern abstract conceptual, figurative, landscape, surrealism, modern, Illustration, design
Caia Matheson Bio/Statement

Caia Matheson is an Award Winning Contemporary British Painter based in Brighton United Kingdom.

Caia Matheson was born in Johannesburg and educated in Tokyo and London.
Caia Matheson has exhibited alongside Billy Childish Jamie Reid Yohji Yamamoto Sir Paul McCartney David Freud

Painting selected by author Neil Gaiman for A Calendar of Tales 2013

Winner Brighton Artist of the Year UK 2004

Nominated for the Ambassadors Art Prize Belgium 2005

Nominated for the Women’s Art Show Basingstoke UK 2005

Short listed for the Brighton Festival Art Prize UK 2004

Inspiration and Process

As a kid I used to be fascinated by the Lowly worm in the Richard Scarry books. I loved scouring each page to seek out that worm and when I found it I would feel most content like I had discovered a piece of secret truth that would uncover all the answers to my questions about the universe. There are some Lowly worms in my abstracts albeit in symbolic form

I am inspired by wabi sabi or the beauty of imperfection.

I love to mix paint mediums and experiment with the effects. This can be the most exciting part of the creative process

My mediums are oils - tubes of oil paint oil bars oil pastels and mixtures of oil paints and dyes. I enjoy the texture consistency and smell of them.

I paint with my hands and washing-up sponges onto canvases laid flat on the floor. It is a physical process.

I begin painting with a specific colour that I have in my minds eye. I then introduce other colours and begin to build layers on the canvas. These layers are then scratched off and layered over again like a palimpsest literally meaning “scraped clean and used again.”

I love the idea of previous markings that are not visible but are still an inherent part of the composition.

The layers are designed in a way to expose different subjects of the composition. These subjects are buried in the dark and light spaces and come out and disappear as the light changes presenting different aspects depending on shifting light conditions and mood

I consider each successive layer a generation to populate or depopulate the canvas as needed and create my own world as I go.
I like to create a world within worlds.

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