Karolina Albricht


"Painting, to me, is an attempt to generate an active space, an environment which can be perceived and responded to through our intellectual and physical faculties, through the sum of our senses." - Karolina Albricht

London-based Polish painter and sculptor Karolina Albricht investigates both formal and metaphysical concerns including colour, space, the body, movement, and gesture through painting, drawing and sculpture. 

Music, syncopation, and rhythm underpin her practice - often working to playlists, the organic line and graphic shapes seen throughout her works mirror the dissonance, and abstraction of the songs she works to.


Albricht intends to create works that are born of a sense of intuition. Recycling studio detritus to create textured surfaces and additions, many of her works straddle both painting and sculpture. Sometimes anthropomorphic, the artist uses shredded jute as ‘hair’; dried paint fragments and aptly named ‘Other Stuff’ (pumice, sand, grit, and calico among other things) to fashion work that escapes the expected boundary of two dimensional painting.


Albricht investigates the relationship between the body and the canvas, for her, paintings allow her to translate the figure. The movement of her body can be observed in the works, both small and large. Smooth colours, jagged lines and nearly recognizable forms overlap each other and create emotional and gestural visual spaces. Her largest canvases are like realms to be entered, dwarfing the body of the viewer as they stand and observe. The smaller works, meanwhile, contort shapes, objects, and reality, creating ‘paintings’ that burst out from their own seams, breaching conventional constraints of the canvas.

Karolina Albricht completed a Socrates-Erasmus at ArtEZ Institute of Fine Arts, an MA in Painting at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts, Krakow and undertook the Turps Studio Programme between 2018 and 2020. She is currenly based in London and works from her studio in Bow. She was awarded the ArtGemini Public Choice Award in 2015, The Tyson Award selected by Liz Gilmore in 2021 and the Artist Surfaces Award in 2021.
Recent solo exhibitions include: 16 Branches High, (STUDIO WEST, London, 2022), OFF-BEAT, (JGM Gallery, London, 2021) and The Unknown Land, (Vinarius, London, 2017). She has been featured in group exhibitions with galleries including: Saatchi Gallery, London (2022); Unit 1 Gallery, London (2022); Terrace Gallery, London (2022); ASC Gallery, London, 2022; APT Gallery, London (2022), VO Curations, London (2022), HilbertRaum, Berlin, Germany, (2022); Galleri Ismene, Trondheim, Norway (2022) and Hastings Contemporary, Hastings (2021).