A Force Which Bubbles Up Inside with Caroline Boff

A Force Which Bubbles Up Inside with Caroline Boff

January 21, 2022

Caroline Boff is an emerging, international, contemporary artist based in the Greater Manchester area in England. She creates wondrous compositions filled with energy, feeling and colour. She paints from the heart and takes inspiration from her many travels (inward and outward), interesting experiences most often imbued with love and loss, joy and laughter.

 

As such her paintings are fittingly colourful and vibrant. Having been seen in Vogue, Vanity Fair, Tatler, London Life, House and Garden and Collection she is more inspired than ever. She has upcoming exhibitions in New York and is going to be featured in the Collector's Choice, China in 2022. She will also be on the cover of Floreat. Caroline regularly donates paintings to worthwhile charities which have often touched her heart.

What initially drew your towards becoming an artist?

I was always good at it at school. After not choosing to follow art further in formal education, many years later I believe art found me.

How would you describe your own personal style?

Eclectic, as I am always open to new ideas and experimentation and that willingness to embrace the new often leads me down new roads of creativity. 

What pushed you in that direction and how can you see you work evolving in the future?

Naturally I'm a bit of an explorer and dreamer. I have a vivid imagination.

 

What inspires you in your work, is there a driving factor that draws you to the easel?

A force which bubbles up inside me, excitement, determination, love and passion. At the moment colour inspires me and painting, as well as discovering the production of new paintings.

Are there particular individuals who have encouraged / inspired you along the way, friends, family, teachers, maybe even other artists?

I loved my art teachers at school though my main inspiration are my mum and brother. Artists wise, it's Georgia O'Keefe, Tracy Emin, David Hockney, Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Matisse, Picasso and Damien Hirst.

When it comes to creating your work, do you have a preferred medium, certain types of brushes or tools you love to use?

At the moment it's acrylics on stretched canvases painted on my trusted easel.

 

When it comes to the subject matter of your work, what draws you to those themes?

I'm not really sure. It just happens. It can be some experience I am having, either externally or internally, which then inspires the chain reaction to execute a painting.

Could you describe the process behind your art? How do you get from concept to execution?

What I do is quite physical. I get an idea and move into my studio space with all my materials and look around for a colour or idea which inspires me, then I commit to execution. 

Could you describe your normal day as an artist? Have you set routines and rituals or is a more a case of when the moment is right you work?

It is more the case that when the moment is right I work, though there are times when I think about it and start putting the composition together in a more planned out manner. There are of course times when I'm working to a deadline in which case I get stuck in.

 

When you work, do you focus on one piece at a time until completion or are you working on multiple pieces at the same time?

Due to the immediacy of my artwork and being driven by the muses of inspiration, 99% of the time I am working on one artwork at a time.

How has your art evolved to be where it is today?

I would say by natural progression, in that my journey has been one of inspiration, execution and learning as I create. With each part of the journey becoming an important element towards taking the next step. 

Which of your artworks are you most proud?

'Blue Rhapsody', 'Tiger's Eye', 'Dance Off', 'Fields of Flowers' and 'Ella Vive. Dios Suiza lo Siento Mucho'.

Is there a fellow artist alive today that you admire? If so, why?

David Hockney for his use of colour, sunshine and landscape.

If you could travel back in time, is there a particular artistic period / era that you would like to have been involved in?

The Young British Artists of the 90s. Artists such as The Chapman Brothers, Tracy Emin, Damien Hirst and Sarah Lucas all came to the fore, it was an era of a new awakening for art in the United Kingdom, but that energy went beyond just the art scene, it also encompassed music and the political field. It was a time of new possibilities that was palpable across the whole landscape. 

What challenges do you feel the 21st century artist has to overcome?

The need to overcame the perception by many that art is not work. We need to help people in understanding our work and move them away from the assumption that the job of being an artist is an easy profession.

 

What advice would you give to a young aspiring artist currently studying art?

Whereas, commitment to developing your skills and honing your craft is critical to long term success and discovering your place in the art world, I would say it is worth joining an art business advice group(s) and get involved. This helps in understanding the broader picture beyond the easel.

Despite having developed your own distinctive style, is their another style of art that you are immediately drawn towards and admire? Why?

Pop Art / Modernist Expressionism because looking at this work generally enlivens me and brings me such joy and excitement. A breath of fresh air.

We have all heard of the unfinished masterpiece, even Da Vinci laboured away at the Mona Lisa for years and years, have you works that are in a continual process of evolution? When working on an artwork do you find it hard to let go? Knowing when enough is enough?

I understand that feeling though generally I produce work and get it done with a fiery enthusiasm. Then when my fire dies down, I choose to stop, I take a photo of it, put it on social media first generally and then I'm done.

 

Many people see artists as storytellers or advocates for a cause, do you believe that it is an artist’s responsibility to shine a light on a particular subject / theme, or do you create purely for the sake of expression your creative nature?

I believe that both are relevant to the creation of art, but that does not mean it has has to be either / or, as both elements can be combined in an artwork. It can be driven by the social or personal elements of life. 

What are you working on at the moment?

A very textured abstract inspired by my piece which will soon be exhibited in 'Women of the World' in Tribeca, New York.

Have you ever been part of an artistic group / movement? How did your work benefit from that experience?

I am a member of online groups which have done much to educate me about the art world.

 

When is your next exhibition? Is it a solo or group exhibition? Could you tell us a little about the exhibition, when and where it is?

Due to the current pandemic I don't know exactly when they will be but as mentioned I have a group exhibition coming up in New York and one in Middlesborough at the Python Gallery. The latter will be my first solo exhibition and is about the enforced journey within which we have all had to take during the pandemic, to varying degrees. It is a philosophical musing as well as a nod to our internal and external experiences, furthermore what makes us human and what really matters in life.




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