Artist in Residence at Chirpy – Alice Rachel
Date and time
Sat 16 September 2017
Chirpy is delighted to welcome the next ‘Artist in Residence’ who will be taking over the upstairs gallery space to exhibit her work
Pop along for her launch event on Saturday 16th September or anytime until Saturday 14th October to see her work
A bit about Alice:
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”
I grew up in a very creative and artistic environment with family members as musicians, actresses and my father as an artist also so art was always a huge part of my life. From a very young age I was introduced to the art world by visiting galleries and museums whilst visiting various countries. I began drawing as a child and realised that I wanted to do something creative very early on, I would often get involved with local art projects with school and college and started a career in the tattoo Industry at 19. I then went on to own and run my own tattoo and art studio for nearly two years before moving abroad briefly. Tattooing gave me a way to make a living from doing something that I loved and I was able to bring my designs to life in a way that made a lasting effect on someone. The best part of the job was being able to take peoples ideas and images and turn it into something that would be with them forever, a lot of the time these were very personal and meaningful to people so by immortalizing this was very fulfilling. I take the same pleasure with painting, the idea of producing something using both my imagination and skill set that is appreciated by others is a feeling that can only be derived from art in my opinion. Painting and drawing are my main passions in life and my biggest inspiration is my own father who makes me want to be the best I possibly can and without whom I wouldn’t be producing art today.
Most of my work is mainly abstract Landscapes and I work heavily with palette knives and mediums other than a brush, I think with art there is no limit to what you can do or use and I am experimenting with colour as opposed to subject matter much more recently. I like to think of my paintings as looking through a window and find myself framing them unintentionally to give the viewer an insight into what I can see.
I take a lot of inspiration from mountainscape’s and water as I find something very dreamlike about these scenes, I also include the moon in most of my images almost like a signature.
I have also recently began working on some prints that I started several years ago for a clothing company involving animals, I’ve always been an animal lover and based an entire art project on the theme of animals within the art world. I like to think of them as equal to ourselves and my new print series reflects this, bringing them to life in a statuesque style.
“Art is the most intense mode of Individualism the world has known”.