Approved: 16.08.2006

Elaine Allison

Artist

Approved: 16.08.2006

Concepts: The family tree has been a productive starting point for many of my intimate and sensitive sculptural works. Using this rich source, plus old family photos and a range of found objects I explore identity, and the genetic, social and environmental forces that help to shape us all. The found objects I use are poignant, acting as momenti mori for the people who have discarded or lost them. Their incorporation into works of art gives apparently worthless objects an implied value. The intuitive way I combine these objects at once reveals something of the my character and leaves the way open for viewers to create their own narratives. The works have a deep personal significance but translate readily to the universal, evoking shared memories and associations.

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  • Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Categories: Installation, Printmaking, Sculpture
 
 

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    Biography

    Concepts: The family tree has been a productive starting point for many of my intimate and sensitive sculptural works. Using this rich source, plus old family photos and a range of found objects I explore identity, and the genetic, social and environmental forces that help to shape us all. The found objects I use are poignant, acting as momenti mori for the people who have discarded or lost them. Their incorporation into works of art gives apparently worthless objects an implied value. The intuitive way I combine these objects at once reveals something of the my character and leaves the way open for viewers to create their own narratives. The works have a deep personal significance but translate readily to the universal, evoking shared memories and associations.

    Career path: I graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee in 1998 with a BA Honours in Fine Art (Sculpture). After graduation I spent three months in Italy on a drawing scholarship. I have been involved in a number of projects with artists from various European countries and have participated in projects in Norway, Germany and Scotland. In addition to my own practice, I work collaboratively with artist Patricia Bray on site specific installation projects and international residencies(see under Allison and Bray in the artists search)

    CV & Education

     

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    2016 - BRANCH LINES, Burgh Halls, Linlithgow

    2015 - TREE, The Shores, Plockton

    2014 - LOST AND FOUND, The Meffan Gallery, Forfar

    SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

    2015 EMPIRE, The Old Ropeworks, Montrose

    2015  (2014, 2012, 2011, 2010)  - RSA OPEN, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh                                                           

    2015 (2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007) - SOCIETY OF SCOTTISH ARTISTS Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh  

    2014 - WIR SIND PAUL - ODER DAS UNPERFEKTE PARADIES, Neues Kunsthaus, Ahrenshoop, Germany  (with Patricia Bray)                                                                                                                    

    2014 - RECOLLECTION, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton, Devon   

    2013 - Visual Arts Scotland Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh  

    2012 (2011, 2010) - Fisher Gallery Summer Exhibition, Fisher Gallery , Pitttenweem, Fife

    2011 - RECOLLECT, Fisher Gallery 2, Pittenweem, Fife  

    2010 - FORMS OF NARRATIVE, Perthshire Visual Arts Forum, Dunkeld, Perthshire 

    2009 - ON SCREEN, Perth Concert Hall, Perth

    2009 - Pittenweem Art Festival, Pittenweem, Fife

    2009 - RSA SPRING OPEN, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

    2009 - SCENE 1, SCENE WITHOUT SCENE, Threshold Art Space, Perth Theatre, Perth 

    2006 (2004, 2001) - Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition, RSA, Edinburgh

    2005 - Magazine - Contemporary Scottish Art, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Edinburgh

    2003 - Thompson's Gallery, Marylebone High Street, London 

    2002 - Royal Glasgow Institute Annual Exhibition, McLellan Galleries, Glasgow

    2001 - A Spatial Odyssey, The Leith Gallery, Edinburgh

    2001 - Glasgow Art Fair (with Frames Contemporary Gallery, Perth)

    2000 - Connections, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh 

    2000 - One year on, The Leith Gallery, Edinburgh

    2000 - Visual Arts Scotland, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

    CURATED PROJECTS 

    2010 - NESTING, Heartwood (woodland sculpture trail), Blairgowrie, Perthshire

    2010 - NEW STRAINS, Coast Festival, Banff

    2009 - HOMELAND 2009, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

    2009 - MISTRESS OF THE HOUSE, Cupar Arts Festival, Cupar, Fife

    2008 - CANOPY, Perthshire Visual Arts Forum, Dunkeld, Perthshire

    2008 - SSA/Stavanger Capital of Culture 2008 North Sea Project, Attic Salt, Thistle Street North East Lane, Edinburgh

    2007 - SURVEY -Contemporary Sculpture from Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh Projects

    2007 - Gift / Gave, - a site specific installation with artist Patricia Bray, Sand, Norway

    2006 - Homeland - a site specific installation with artist Patricia Bray, Sculpture Space, Utcia, New York, USA

    2005 - Shift - site specific installation with artist Patricia Bray, Newhailes - a National Trust for Scotland property, Musselburgh, East Lothian

    2004 - Path/ways - a site specific installation with Patricia Bray, Culross Palace - a National Trust for Scotland property, Culross Palace, Fife

    2003 - New Strains - site specific installation with Patricia Bray, Victorian greenhouse at Lauriston Castle, Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh

    2000 - Between the Waters, Hanover, Germany

    PRIZES, AWARDS & FUNDING

    2015 - Visual Arts Award, City of Edinburgh Council

    2014 - The Southfield Prize, Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

    2013 - Meffan Gallery and Museum Solo Exhibition Prize, 2013, Society of Scottish Artists Exhibition, RSA, Edinburgh 

    2013 - Hope Scott Trust award

    2012 - Edinburgh Laser Cutting Studio Prize, Society of Scottish Artists Exhibition, RSA, Edinburgh

    2012 - Visual Arts Award, City of Edinburgh Council

    2010 - Visual Arts Award, City of Edinburgh Council

    2008 - CANOPY – Scottish Arts Council (with Patricia Bray)

    2007 - SSA Website Award, SSA Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy

    2006 - Abbeyview Arts Project – Fife Council (with Patricia Bray)

    2006 - Nexus – Fife Council (with Patricia Bray)

    2006 - Sculpture Space Residency – SAC (with Patricia Bray)

    2005 - SHIFT – East Lothian Council, SAC (with Patricia Bray)

    2004 - PATH[WAYS] – Fife Council (with Patricia Bray)

    2003 - NEW STRAINS – Scottish Arts Council, The Hope Scott Trust, City of Edinburgh Council and Fife Council (with Patricia Bray)

    1999 - NS Macfarlane Charitable Trust Award, RSA Annual Exhibition

    1998 - John Kinross Scholarship 

    1998 - Chalmers-Jervise Prize, RSA Students Exhibition