Artist Statement

The fine artist emerged as a painter and illustrator at the start of the new millennium. Her exposure to a range of visual practices and a passionate interest in environmental culture has led to diversification in her creative career.

Alison Jane Rice is a multidisciplinary artist. Born in 1958 in Australia, she began her career in the early eighties with involvement in theatre performance, journalism and photography.

After graduating with a Bachelor and Masters of Creative Arts, she studied natural history illustration and printmaking, winning awards for art excellence and international recognition for her contributions to Youth, Arts and the Environment. The eclectic artist emerged as a painter and illustrator at the start of the new millennium. Her exposure to a range of visual practices and a passionate interest in environmental culture has led to diversification in her creative career. Rice’s practice includes drawing, painting, illustration, preserved flower collage, interior and garden design, creative writing, poetry, book-making and ceramics.

In her practice Ali has developed distinct themes and creates innovative visual portraits and narratives empathetic to flora and fauna in our natural environment.

Best known for her fine art and picture books, whose vibrant imagery and verse portray a delightful whimsy, her works are executed with a graphic intention both striking and memorable.

Her compositions, channelled from an innate supra-sensitivity, evoke a sense of the feminine intuitive which encourages mindfulness toward the fragility of all living organisms. She strives to portray our human essence as she inhabits the imperceptible spaces in contemporary design.

Celebrating beauty and interconnectedness she implores the need to protect the earthly and elemental mantle that connects humankind with nature; a complex relationship of the mysterious feminine and analytical masculine principles which articulate the evolution of human consciousness through the creative process without disturbing its common thread.

Working with gold leaf, crystals, gemstones, freshwater pearls, preserved flora, ink, graphite, watercolour and acrylic mediums, Alison Jane Rice often skilfully combines these elements into intricately-detailed works to capture the wild elements of our primeval essence. “For me, as a painter, it is exhilarating to suspend the beauty of nature in order to capture our divine connection with it”.

*Alison Jane Rice Edition Art Prints are Giclée printed onto museum quality archival cotton rag 300 gsm in Sydney. Each limited edition print is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

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