Caitlin Karolczak intertwines the past with the present through the combination of age-old painting techniques with provocative contemporary themes. Karolczak’s painting technique is informed by 17th and 18th century portraiture. She hauntingly captures beauty in the most unimaginable circumstances, especially to a 21st century viewer.
Karolczak’s work is internationally shown and collected. She works in Minneapolis and NYC as a full time artist and gallery co-owner of Spinario. There she handles original artworks as diverse as 15th century engravings to paintings by Ray Parker, Zao Wou Ki, and Otto Dix. Her exposure to this unpredictable array of works has given her a broader understanding of art that enriches her own.
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Solitude 30"x 40" Oil, metal and dyed silvered leaf on panel. 2015. ©Caitlin Karolczak
Unspoken 18" x 14" Oil, encaustic, antique metal pigment on panel. 2015. ©Caitlin Karolczak
Narcissus Reflected 48" x 36". Oil, enamel, on linen. 2015. ©Caitlin Karolczak
Temporary Narrative 24” x 24” Oil, marbled silver leaf on canvas. 2015. ©Caitlin Karolczak
Floating 36” x 24” oil, acrylic, on canvas. 2015. ©Caitlin Karolczak
Living Altar. Oil, enamel, pastel, on Canvas. 60" x 48". 2014. ©Caitlin Karolczak
Saint Agatha Oil on panel in antique frame 43.5” x 31.5” 2011. ©Caitlin Karolczak
Violet Shadow 28” x 36” Oil, Oil pastel on canvas. 2013. ©Caitlin Karolczak
Petal 36” in diameter. Oil on round canvas. 2015. ©Caitlin Karolczak
Caitlin Karolczak was born on Minnesota’s Iron Range. While art education was largely missing from her early education she developed an interest in her father's (a nurse) medical books and a fondness for early Catholic imagery through her religious upbringing. Her invented imagery demonstrates this influence. Caitlin intertwines the past with the present through the combination of age-old painting techniques with provocative contemporary themes. Karolczak's painting technique is informed by 17th and 18th century portraiture. She hauntingly captures beauty in the most unimaginable circumstances, especially to a 21st century viewer. Karolczak received a BFA in Fine Arts and a BA in Art History with an emphasis in 19th century medical photography from the University of Minnesota. Subsequently, she founded her studio in Minneapolis where she first began to paint in oils. In addition to painting, Karolczak pursues installation, sculpture, and performance art often incorporating objects of biology and antiquity from her personal collection. Karolczak has exhibited internationally in Bogotá, Minneapolis, NYC, Vancouver, Miami, Europe and more. Her work is in numerous collections across the US, Australia, South America, UK, Canada, Israel & South Africa. She has been interviewed by art publications in Australia, South America, Croatia, & the USA.