After studying communication design in Melbourne, Caroline Walls spent the early years of her career working at creative agencies in London and New York. Whilst the work was exciting and rewarding, it wasn’t long before she found herself craving a more autonomous creative challenge.
Whilst still in NYC, Caroline began studying painting, and was instantly hooked. After returning to Melbourne four years ago, she began to make more time for her art practice, eventually leave the corporate world behind to concentrate on it full-time.
Having re-discovered this passion relatively recently, Caroline is still happily working across a number of different mediums: painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. ‘I think this is to do with the fact that I am still keenly exploring my artistic style’ the artist concludes. Her work is not without focus, however. The consistent theme in all of Caroline’s recent work is a distinctive muted colour palette, incorprating nudes, neutrals, navy blue and black. This, and a fascination with the female form, brings a cohesion to her prolific output.
Caroline’s latest body of work, entitled ‘Over in Love’ revisits the female silhouette. ‘The female form has always played an integral part in my artistic practice and these works are a continuation of this study, albeit in a new way’ explains the artist.
I hope these paintings evoke a certain mood around femininity and love in all its forms – the good, the bad, and the ugly! Ultimately the sentiment I would like to evoke is one of celebration and empowerment.’
Caroline has recently been working on a number of collaborations, including a soon-to-be-released print design for Australian luxury sleepwear brand Masini&Chern, and a tote bag for Well Made Clothes, the profits of which go directly to Freeset, a certified organic and fair-trade company employing women trapped in the sex-slave industry of Kolkata.