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
  • Artforms: Mixed media , Printmaking , Sculpture , Textiles
  • Tags: 3d object, allison, elaine, sculpture, typeface, typewriter, angel, assemblage, print-tray, elaine allison, which way now?, biscuits, bourbon, bronze, custard cream
 
 

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 

2016 (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007) - SOCIETY OF SCOTTISH ARTISTS Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh2015 EMPIRE, The Old Ropeworks, Montrose

2015  (2014, 2012, 2011, 2010)  - RSA OPEN, 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 

2016 - LICHTSPIELE, Schärding, Austria

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