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
Painting selected by author Neil Gaiman for book 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
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
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.