Carola Fleischhauer (born 1992) lives and works in Düsseldorf and Mallorca. Her works are characterised by the interplay of colour compositions, abstract patterns and the use of pure 24-carat gold.
How did you get into art?
I developed a love for art at a young age, enjoying painting with vibrant color combinations. Pursuing a Retail Design degree in Düsseldorf and Interior Design studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow allowed me to refine my passion. Learning the art of gilding from a restorer further captivated me, fostering an enduring fascination with this craft and its materials.Through experimenting with new techniques, I crafted my unique style.
How would you describe your style? What makes your work special?
I would describe my style as a fusion of timeless elegance with a contemporary touch. The use of gold, a material with millennia-long associations in ritual objects and jewelry, adds an unmatched sense of sophistication to my work.
My inspiration springs from my travels to various places and the diverse colors and forms of nature. The vibrant palettes and combinations found in flora and fauna shape the spectrum I incorporate into my work.
Combining abstract, individual patterns, created through various techniques, I create compositions that make each piece unique. In addition to my expertise in gilding, I enjoy the interplay of hues and shapes to create a harmonious aesthetic artwork.
My paintings go beyond aesthetics; they contain narratives and evoke emotions and atmospheres. Through the interplay of color compositions, abstract patterns, and the use of pure 24-karat gold, each piece carries an own story.
How do you go about developing your work?
My approach to develop my artworks is a combination of careful pre-planning of a composition and intuitive exploration during the process. I draw inspiration from the forms and colors of nature, places and atmospheres. It's a fusion of painting and the craft of gilding.
Who or what influences you?
I find my inspiration from journeys to new destinations and the diverse colors and shapes found in nature. The radiant palettes, combinations, and forms showcased by flora and fauna, whether it's the shimmering sea, the atmosphere of a place, the hues of the sky, or the colors and forms of an animal, all can take part in my creative process. These influences my work with a various range of visual elements.
Make us curious. What is planned next?
My upcoming plans include working with larger formats, continue traveling and pushing the boundaries of both myself and my artistic style.