Alison Craig


My work is based upon observational drawing, which demands an intense study of the subject - the sense of self is subsumed within the drawing process and the resulting image records my response to the subject rather than being a literal transcription of its' appearance. This response is taken further in my 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 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 in my work: 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. read full statement

Location LlanfairTalhaearn, Wales
Activities Practice-based research, Workshops, Private commissions
Artforms Drawing, Painting, Printmaking
Tags painting, printmaking, drawing, observational drawing, abstract

News & Events

  • Helfa Gelf/North Wales Open Studios Network

    Helfa Gelf/Art Trail (North Wales Open Studios Network) - "North Wales' biggest Open Studio Event" - takes place during September 2014. The Helfa Gelf website has more information and images.

  • Visiting Artist, Stiwdio Maelor, Corris (Wales)

    A week in a new studio complex, by invitation. A chance to reflect, and gather material for a new body of work in the quiet village of Upper Corris, near Machynlleth in North Wales.

  • Online residency - "What is line, and how does it move through space?"

    A "virtual" residency at the Frost Museum, Miami, USA.

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