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Caroline Achaintre

Born in 1969 in Toulouse, France
Lives and works in London, England

Her work encompasses a diverse range of media including textiles, ceramics, woodcuts and watercolours, using techniques typically associated with the applied arts. Her sculptures, hand-tufted wool wall-hangings, drawings and paintings are colourful and potent, evoking the subversive spirit of European carnival and creating an atmosphere that is simultaneously playful and absurd. Citing German Expressionism, post-war British sculpture and Primitivism as influences, her work also makes reference to more contemporary subcultural strands of sci-fi, the Goth-metal scene, psychedelia and horror films.
Selected solo shows: Caroline Achaintre, Fantômas, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, 2018; Caroline Achaintre, FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, 2017; Caroline Achaintre, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, 2016; Caroline Achaintre, Tate Britain, London, 2015. Selected collections: Frac Aquitaine, Bordeaux, Frac Champagne-Ardenne, Tate Britain, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

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