Alison Dickson

Originally from N. Ireland, Alison now lives in her adopted home, Edinburgh. Her work appears in collections throughout the UK, Ireland and further afield and her paintings have been selected for the annual exhibitions of both the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) and the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW). She had a 35-piece sell-out debut solo exhibition, ‘Breathing Space’, in Enniskillen and followed this up with a second in London.

Artists statement

I take my inspiration from the natural world and from familiar objects. My upbringing instilled in me a strong awareness of the passing of the seasons, nature and the growing cycle. The contrasting shapes, colours and marks on the land, sea and sky and the effects of changing weather and light are a constant inspiration.

I’m interested in exploring the significance of objects, photographs and places, on the themes of belonging, identity and memory.

In my still life paintings I try to achieve simplicity and subtlety of line and colour, often simplifying shapes and playing with perspective. I’m also interested in creating a narrative through my work, prompting the onlooker perhaps to consider the story that lies behind the objects on a table or the view through an open window.

 I approach my paintings in a structured way, but carry them forward intuitively. Using a reduced palette, shapes, colours and patterns are simplified to create a level of abstraction. I often use  skewers, knives and sometimes collage to create shifting dynamics within each piece.


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