Artist Bio

No hierarchy exists in the medley of subjects which Alison paints and nothing is too strange. Recent work is drawn from walks during Covid-19 lockdowns along country lanes around her village, Hartfield, in East Sussex. Attracted to objects which she cannot instantly identify but draw her in with their abstract qualities or extreme tonal contrasts, she enjoys the initial intense act of looking and wonder that occurs in the few seconds before the object has been named and recognised. She aims to retain uncertainty and awareness of unknown worlds in the commonplace through a loose painterly technique as well as abstraction. She judges the success of a painting by whether it surprises her, even after many times of looking. Now a painter, her practice in the past has involved multimedia, in particular sculpture in the form of peep hole dioramas with angled mirrors eternally reflecting miniature brightly lit shopping malls. Strange and curious work – characteristics which continue in her paintings.

Alison has exhibited in group and solo shows in London and the Southeast, including a solo show, Car Parks & Fairy Rings, at the Kaleidoscope Gallery in Sevenoaks. She is also heavily invested in her local community, organising an annual free event for all ages, Art for All, as well as weekly art classes in local villages and tailored painting events for groups. Through her classes and talks to local art societies, she encourages engagement with contemporary art among those who may find it bewildering and inaccessible. She is an active member of the Sevenoaks Visual Arts Forum and her painting “Coming On” was recently selected for the cover of the catalogue for the SVAF Open 2021-22.

CV

Born Chatham, Kent
Lives and works in Southeast England

Education
2013 Fine Art Practice Development postgraduate course, K College Tonbridge, Kent
2011 Fine Art BA (Hons), First Class, University of Greenwich, London

Solo Exhibitions

2021 Car Parks & Fairy Rings, Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks

2019 Stag Wall Sevenoaks, Stag Sevenoaks Arts Festival

2015 Smell the Porridge, The Old Police Station, Deptford, London

2010 In it together, School of Creative Studies, Tonbridge, Kent

2010 Is it really happening?, The Panic Room, Tonbridge, Kent

2009 Inklings, The Panic Room, Tonbridge, Kent

Group Exhibitions

2022 South East Open Studios, Hartfield, East Sussex

2021-22 Sevenoaks Visual Arts Forum Open, Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks, Kent

2019 Sevenoaks Visual Arts Forum Open, Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks, Kent

2019 Sevenoaks Visual Arts Forum Celebrates, The Old Cello Factory, London

2018 Trees of Remembrance, Kaleidoscope Gallery Sevenoaks with Stag Sevenoaks

2018 The Paradox of War, Tonbridge Castle, Kent

2018 Nothing Endures but Change, St John’s Church, Waterloo, London. Curated by The London Group

2018 Embracing the Underdog, Chinatown, London. Curated by The London Group

2018 Sevenoaks Visual Arts Forum Open, Kaleidoscope Gallery, selected by ARTHOUSE 1

2017 Shoreham Sculpture Trail. Curated by The London Group

2016 Bad Behaviour Open, Brixton East, London

2015 Sevenoaks Visual Arts Forum Open, Kaleidoscope Gallery, selected by Mascalls Gallery, Paddock Wood, Kent

2015 Oddities and Nonsense, Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks, Kent

2015 The Poor Door, A-side B-side Gallery, Amhurst Terrace, London

2015 Paper Works, Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks, Kent

2015 ZeitgieistArtProjects Summer Exhibition, Goodwood Road, London

2015 Paper Works, Hundred Years Gallery, Pearson Street, London

2014 Red Xmas, Studio 1.1 Gallery, 57a Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, London

2014 Sevenoaks Visual Arts Forum Open, Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks, Kent

2014 Paper Works, The Bower House Gallery, Maidstone, Kent

2014 A Fine Line, Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks, Kent

2013 Dialogue, Neurophysiology Dept, Kings College Hospital, London

2012 Curiously Connected, The Coningsby Gallery, Tottenham Street, London

2012 Applied Imagination, 111 Great Titchfield Street, London

2011 Beneath the Surface, DegreeArt.com Gallery, Vyner Street, London

2011 BA Degree Show, K College, Tonbridge, Kent

2008 The Colours, Maidstone Museum, Kent

2008 Lockskinner Farm, Chiddingstone, Kent

Projects, Events and Talks

2021/22 Catalogue cover – Coming On. Sevenoaks Visual Arts Forum Open

2022 Talk – Cubism – Creating the Symbolic, Tunbridge Wells Art Society, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

2021 Talk – Car Parks & Fairy Rings – Abstraction, Heterotopia and the Contemporary Sublime, Kaleidoscope Gallery Sevenoaks, Kent

2019 Project – Celebratory Giant Film Strip, Stag Wall, Stage Cinema, Sevenoaks, Kent

2019 Event – Art for All, St Mary’s Church, Hartfield, East Sussex

2019 Event – Paint Like Turner Fundraiser, Hartfield Village Hall, East Sussex

2017 Event – Art for All, St Mary’s Church, Hartfield, East Sussex

2016 Event – The Big Draw, St Mary’s Church, Hartfield, East Sussex

2015 Project – A Slice of Eggpie Lane – Poems of a delicate essence and delight, nonsense poetry book. Illustration, editing and publishing.

2015 Talk – The Importance of Being Flippant, talk to Sevenoaks Visual Arts Forum, Kent

2015 Event – The Big Draw, Sevenoaks, Kent

2015 Event – The Big Draw, St Mary’s Church, Hartfield, East Sussex

2014/15 Project – Paper Works, Collaborative Project sponsored by a-n

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