Caroline Whitehead is a printmaker and illustrator whose practice is based on observational drawing.
Many of Caroline's recent prints have been made using various forms of alternative lithography, such as mokulito (lithography on wood) or waterless lithography. The images often derive from the many hours she spends drawing specimens – preferably moth-eaten and crumbling – in natural history museums. Time spent in these museums has led her to become intrigued by flightless birds and their vulnerability to humans and other predators. This theme lurks beneath the surface of what may at first sight appear to be light-hearted images. In other museum- inspired prints, Caroline investigates the environments in which specimens are displayed. Often resulting in unintended juxtapositions, the displays provoke actual and metaphorical reflections.
Caroline graduated with distinction from the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford and has an MA in Sequential Design from the University of Brighton.
Her prints and artist's books are held in private and public collections in the UK and abroad.