Caroline Popham’s works are autobiographical and depict stories within stories representing her way of seeing. Building on her foundations as a graphic designer she layers colour and form to create her own visual language.
She works in bursts, painting sheets of colour, drying, cutting and assembling. She uses collage as research; to superimpose work upon work, deepening the textural aesthetic and layering meaning. New works are often made with the remnants of older works, making something new from what is left, reworked for new a purpose and outlook. Forms and shapes are repeated over and over throughout the body of her work forming sequential rhythms, whilst paying attention to the subtlety of line, surface and tone. Collage works inform Caroline’s paintings and the application of paint on canvas enables her to explore the juxtaposition of neutrality and the simplest of mark making procedures allowing the abstract in colour and form to speak.
Caroline graduated with a Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Art at the University of Arts (Chelsea) in London in 2016. She previously completed a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design at the University of Brighton in 1994 and has worked as a freelance graphic designer for 20 years with such clients as Louis Vuitton, Dior, Manolo Blahnik and Chinti & Parker to name a selection. It was as a graphic designer that Caroline developed her interest in structured minimalism and love of colour, and her skills in painting and collage. Since her graduation she has exhibited regularly as well as producing several commissions including a site specific installation for Bert&May. Most recently she has collaborated with a British fashion brand as part of their SS18 collection.
Caroline recently completed a commission for the new Soho House in White City (the former headquarters of the BBC). Her work is featured in several private collections in the United Kingdom, France and the USA.
Caroline lives and works in London, United Kingdom.