Caia Matheson

Unit 14 Beaconsfield Studios,

25 Ditchling Rise, BN1

Caia Matheson is  an award-winning contemporary British painter based in Brighton. She was born in Johannesburg and educated in Tokyo and London.

Caia has exhibited alongside Billy Childish, Jamie Reid, Yohji Yamamoto, Sir Paul McCartney and David Freud.


As a child Caia was fascinated by Lowly Worm in the Richard Scarry books. She loved scouring each page to seek out that worm, and when she found it would feel most content – as if she had discovered a piece of secret truth that would uncover all the answers to her questions about the universe. There are some Lowly Worms in Caia’s abstracts – albeit in symbolic form.


Caia is inspired by wabi sabi, or the beauty of imperfection. She loves to mix paint mediums and experiment with the effects. This can be the most exciting part of the creative process. Her mediums are oils – tubes of oil paint, oil bars, oil pastels and mixtures of oil paints and dyes. She enjoys the texture, consistency and smell of them. Caia paints with her hands and washing-up sponges onto canvases laid flat on the floor. It is a physical process.


“I begin painting with a specific colour that I have in my mind’s 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.


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