Alfie Caine

Dreamy homes painted in gorgeous detail.

Alfie Caine (he/him) was born in 1996 in London, England, and now lives and works in Rye, East Sussex, England.

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Caine is a passionate musician. He’s worked with pianist Olav Tronsmoen, after being invited to song-write with him in Norway. In 2010 Caine used the money he earned from singing on an advert to buy his family dog, Rocco. The dog’s made an appearance in many artworks ever since.

Studio

Alfie Caine completed a residency programme at Bridgepoint Creative Arts Centre, Rye. The area had such a profound impact on him that he moved there permanently when the residency ended. Caine also studied architecture at Cambridge University, so has a trained eye for space.

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Practice overview

Alfie Caine paints rich, atmospheric scenes of nature and architecture. His home is his prime inspiration. The marshes, cliffs, valleys and rivers on the East Sussex coastline, plus the houses and cobbled streets of his hometown, Rye. In his art, Caine mixes these places with memories of others he has dreamed up. Reality and imagination blur. Each work begins as a series of sketches. This stage is very loose and experimental. When the design is complete, he draws it onto a larger board, sheet of paper or canvas. Then he applies a range of paints, including acrylic, oil and vinyl. But this is not a simple colour-in process. Instead, the drawing and the painting talk to each other. They change along the way – bringing in inspirations from Renaissance art, pop culture and furniture design.

Caine’s paintings are ordinary and surreal at the same time. On the one hand he draws from day-to-day life. There’s candles and fireplaces lit, chairs askew and open windows. His daily cycle to the studio also often features in his paintings. On the other hand, the artist sees his work as a way to get out of reality. This manifests in their dreaminess. The scenes look warm and inviting – but weirdly, no one’s there. They're quiet and still. Colours are vivid and uncanny. Consequently, the recognisable bits of his work become shrouded in mystery – left for the viewer to decide what happens next.

"Paintings give a permanence and new life to fleeting moments, memories and dreams." Alfie Caine