Approved: 16.08.2006

Alexandra Abraham

Artist, Maker, Writer

Archived
Approved: 16.08.2006

'I'm inspired by the origins of my materials and excited by the physical process of turning the lost and the forgotten into something exquisite, glamorous and even wearable. The sense of history and the knowledge that my materials have been handled and used by people many years ago is extremely important to me, and I like to imagine that something of their spirit becomes invested in my work'

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  • Location: London
  • Activities: Workshops, Private commissions, Creative writing, Marketing/communications, Collecting
 

Biography

'I'm inspired by the origins of my materials and excited by the physical process of turning the lost and the forgotten into something exquisite, glamorous and even wearable. The sense of history and the knowledge that my materials have been handled and used by people many years ago is extremely important to me, and I like to imagine that something of their spirit becomes invested in my work' Alexandra's unusual paintings, saturated with colour, gilded and encrusted with recycled and found materials are attracting interest from art consultants, interior designers and architects. Her work has been selected for a new cruise liner, the interior designer Fiona Barratt chose a large painting for an international footballer's Chelsea home and the stylish owner of a fashionable Notting Hill restaurant has also acquired a painting for her apartment in Venice. Encrusted with china and glass shards found in the secret Victorian rubbish tips of Hampstead Heath and picked up along the Thames Foreshore at low tide, Alexandra's paintings bring glamorous new life to found, forgotten and often seemingly mundane items. She also uses vintage buttons, coins, Venetian glass smalti and sea glass, broken or discarded jewellery and shells and pebbles collected on her travels around the world. Vibrant colours, rich textures, images and patterns are revealed as her materials are transformed by micro-thin 23 carat gold leaf. Worn old coins become miniature renaissance portraits and faded seashells are turned into tiny sculptures. Alexandra also makes unique one-off bangles and brooches, creates jewellery to commission using her clients' own memorabilia and is currently developing a range of homeware including large encrusted chargers and napkin rings. She has participated in London Fashion Week, WestWeek LA and her jewellery has been featured in Elle Decor USA Her work has been featured in many online blogs and magazines and last year Anthropologie USA commissioned a limited edition collection of bangles Doris Lockhart Saatchi, well known for her love of minimalist art, but a self confessed 'maximalist' when it comes to jewellery, has purchased several of Alexandra's boldest pieces. Commissions Paintings can be made in any size and shape, worked to a specific theme, and can incorporate a client's own precious pieces. For more information please visit www.alexandraabraham.co.uk Qualifications BA 2/1 Honours Degree: Woven Textile Design, Loughborough College of Art and Design Influences Gustav Klimt, Ann Carrington, Stuart Haygarth, Antonio Gaudi, Hubert Duprat, Russian Icons, decorative painting techniques, mosaic techniques, Torcello, Venice

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions 2011 - Solo Exhibition, Meller Merceux Gallery, Whitney, Oxfordshire Group exhibitions 2013 - Rocks, The Goldsmiths' Centre, London 2013 - Treasure, Somerset House, London 2011 - Ecofirstart.com Exhibition for Westweek, Country Floors, Los Angeles 2011 - Ecoluxe 2011 at London Fashion Week, One Aldwych, London WC! 2010 - Fusion 2010, Bir Nokta Gallery, Beyoglu, Istanbul 2010 - Hidden Treasures, Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne, Dorset 2009 - Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park, London 2008 - The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park , London 2007 - The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park , London 2006 - The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park, London 2006 - The Great Art Christmas Fair, Alexandra Palace, London 2005 - Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park, London 2004 - Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park, London 2004 - Affordable Art Fair, Pier 92, New York 2004 - Art On The Grass, Crow Plain House, Kent 2004 - On The Wall, Olympia, Earls Court, London 2003 - Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park, London 2003 - Affordable Art Fair, Pier 92, New York 2003 - One Heart One World, Japan 2002 - Art on the Grass, Collier Street, Kent 2002 - One Heart One World, Salt Lake City 2002 - The Collins and Hastie Gallery, Chelsea, London 2001 - One Heart One World, London 2001 - The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London W1