Approved: 16.08.2006

Alison Craig

Artist

Approved: 16.08.2006

My work is grounded in observational drawing and the experience of the rural environment.  The process of drawing absorbs the sense of self and the resulting images record a response to the subject rather than being literal transcriptions of its' appearance. This response is taken further in paintings and prints, where the final piece emerges from the physical actions of layering and erasing colour and line. Much of my work has been derived from walks made in the countryside around my home in rural North Wales where the land has been shaped by the weather and the activities of humankind through the ages.

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  • Location: LlanfairTalhaearn, Wales
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Residencies, Private commissions, Studio practice
  • Categories: Drawing, Painting, Printmaking
  • Tags: painting, printmaking, drawing, observational drawing, abstract, Mapping, Walking
 
 
 

Biography

My work is grounded in observational drawing and the experience of the rural environment.  The process of drawing absorbs the sense of self and the resulting images record a response to the subject rather than being literal transcriptions of its' appearance. This response is taken further in paintings and prints, where the final piece emerges from the physical actions of layering and erasing colour and line. Much of my work has been derived from walks made in the countryside around my home in rural North Wales where the land has been shaped by the weather and the activities of humankind through the ages.

I have attempted to evoke a sense of place: the exhilaration of the changing seasons; the tranquillity of ancient sites; the feeling that the land has been changed by generations of human occupants but remains somehow the same as it was before we arrived. Driven by this sense of continuity inherent within the landscape, I have more recently been investigating ideas of ageing and the persistence of the human spirit across time, using the visible to hint at the invisible. Field boundaries, ancient stones and wells can all carry layers of metaphor within the landscape; bones and other organic objects hold the history of their growth and decay.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training

2005 - BA (Hons) Fine Art, North Wales School of Art & Design, Wrexham

2007 - Diploma in Professional Printmaking, Yale College, Wrexham

Solo exhibitions

2008 - "The long view", Rhuddlan Library & Gallery, North Wales

2008 - Paintings, prints & drawings, Erddig Hall, Wrexham

2007 - Printmaker of the Month, Wrexham Arts Centre, Wrexham

2003 - "Trackways and Boundaries", Loggerheads Country Park, North Wales

Shared exhibitions

2016 - "Maps & Makers", Sauerbier House, Port Naorlunga, South Australia

2015 - "Yr Heniaith yn y Tir/Land and Language", y Capel, Llangollen

2014 - "Maps & Makers", Gas Gallery, Aberystwyth

2014 - "Duanaire"  touring exhibition, Eire

2014 - y Lle Print touring exhibition, Wales

2013 - "Galeri Open", Galeri Caernarfon

2013 - Summer Exhibition, Y Capel, Llangollen

2013 - y Lle Print, Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw, North Wales

2013 - Y Lle Print Gwreiddiol, Yr Eisteddfod Genedlaethol/National Eisteddfod, Denbigh, North Wales

2012 - "Crossing Borders", Y Pafiliwn/ International Pavilion, Llangollen, North Wales

2012 - "Curious Pursuits", Portico Library & Gallery, Manchester

2012 - "Duanaire", Cross Gallery, Dublin

2012 - "Ignore SatNav", Touring Exhibition, North Wales

2012 - International Postcard Show, Surface Gallery, Nottingham

2012 - "Crossing Borders", Cheshire Artists Network, y Pafiliwn , Llangollen

2011 - "Helfa Gelf 2011", Galeri, Caernarfon

2011 - "le Chéile at Oriel Ynys Mon", Oriel Ynys Món, Llangefni, Anglesey

2011 - "Printmakers in Residence at Cill Rialaig", Urban Retreat Gallery, Dublin

2010 - "Le Cheile", Rhyl Arts Centre, North Wales

2010 - "Helfa Gelf Artists 2010", Theatr Clwyd, Mold, North Wales

2010 - "Lines & Strata II", Denbigh Library & Art Gallery, North Wales

2009 - "Celtic Roots 2", Gaff Gallery, Port Adelaide, Australia

2009 - "Helfa Gelf 2009", Venue Cymru, Llandudno, N. Wales

2009 - Oriel Pendeitsh, Caernarfon

2009 - "Le Chéile" touring exhibition, CountryArts SA, South Australia

2009 - "Le Chéile", Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin

2008 - "Celtic Roots", Port Adelaide Celtica Festival, Australia

2008 -  Printfest, Ulverston, Cumbria

2008 - "Le Chéile" inaugural exhibition, Newbridge Arts Centre, Eire

2007 - "Artistiaid Helfa Gelf/Helfa Gelf Artists", Theatr Cymru, Mold

2007 - Denbighshire Arts, Y Capel, Llangollen

2007 - "Impress", Memorial Gallery, Yale College, Wrexham

2007 - "Welsh Contemporary Art", Y Tabernacl (MOMA Wales), Machynlleth

2006 - "Aspects of Landscape", Regional Print Centre (Wrexham) & Denbighshire Arts, Touring exhibition

2006 - "Helfa Gelf 2006", Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy

2006 - "First Edition", Memorial Gallery, Yale College, Wrexham

2006 - "Landmarks III", Lowood Gallery & Village Bakery Gallery, Cumbria

2006 - "Lines & Strata", Oriel Mwldan, Cardigan

2006 - "Strata", Aaron & Partners, Chester

2005 - "NEW!", B.A. Degree Show, Wrexham

2005 - Chester Open, Grosvenor Gallery, Chester

2005 - North Wales Open, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold

2005 - Tabernacl Open Art Exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, Machynlleth, Wales

2004 - "Print Art", Oriel Corwen, Corwen, North Wales

2004 - "The Forest", Oriel Corwen, Corwen, North Wales

2004 - Gallery 103, NEWI, Wrexham

2004 - Wrexham Open Art Competition, Wrexham Arts Centre, Wrexham, North Wales

2003 - Christmas Exhibition, Black Sheep Gallery, Hawarden, North Wales

2003 - St. Dunawd's Open Art Exhibition, Bangor on Dee, North Wales

2003 - "Winter Lights", Oriel Corwen, North Wales

Projects

Regular participant in annual North Wales Open Studios Network (Helfa Gelf)

2014 - "20:20" print exchange, Hot Bed Press/Regional Print Centre Wrexham

2014 - Visiting Artist, Stiwdio Maelor, Corris North Wales

2013 - Online Residency, Frost Museum, Miamia USA 

2012 - "20:20" print exchange, Hot Bed Press/RPC Wrexham, Greater Manchester

2007 - Joint Coordinator, "Le Chéile" printmaking collaboration, Regional Print Centre, Wrexham & Leinster Print Studio, Co. Kildare, Wales and Eire