Carol Paquet is a South African/American visual artist working across multiple media, predominantly painting and abstract photography. After attending the College of Art in Johannesburg, she worked in the advertising industry as an Art Director for the following 15 years. During this time she worked in Cape Town and Johannesburg (SA) London (UK) and in Southern California (USA). She continued her education in the Fine Arts through privately sponsored programs and while living in Johannesburg, studied etching with William Kentridge - now an internationally acclaimed artist.
Paquet distills imagery from her immediate surroundings, oftentimes shifting the orientation of an image, playing with repetition and scale to further loosen the subject from reality. She focuses on the detail and minutiae and delivers it in a panoramic scale. Her works are printed in limited editions of 12 in pigment ink on 310gsm archival paper.
Born in N. Rhodesia (now Zambia) and having grown up in South Africa, lived in Britain, Germany and Canada and toggled back and forth between California and S. Africa, impermanence is a theme both in her life and in her work. Significant influences include William Kentridge, Gerhart Richter and Wolfgang Tillmans. Her work is in private collections in California and in a number of hotels throughout the USA.