Cara Nahaul’s vibrant paintings explore the character of spaces, from quiet domestic interiors to decorated public spaces. Her work aims to examine the relationship with our environment, and the shifts in perception around the value of objects within and outside of the paintings.
Nahaul draws upon memories and visual cues picked up during periods of research and travel as well as observations of her surroundings. Flat expanses of bright colour are used to evoke a sense of travel, and the flattened or skewed perspectives point to an imagined place.
Absent of figures, the images imply a human present in stage-set like spaces populated with familiar and everyday objects. These also allude to a personal and psychological narrative that quietly reverberates throughout the work.
Cara Nahaul is an artist living and working in London. She received a BA from Goldsmiths University, London and an MFA from Parsons The New School for Design, New York. Her work has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions at Trade Gallery and Christine Park Gallery. She has been selected for the John Moores prize twice, the inaugural Jerwood Painting Fellowship, nominated for the Contemporary British Painting Prize and completed a yearlong studio residency at the Florence Trust.