Art’s mission is beyond being decorative or merely pleasing; it has potential to awaken, arouse; provoke thought and discussion. My paintings are inspired by life’s harmonies and contradictions. The emotions are personal but the subject matter is universal.
An artist is a conversationalist, a story-teller, a communicator. Art is a medium for the spirit that allows the free expression of passion, joy, sorrow, fear, grief, love. In my paintings I attempt to transcend the limitations of self and the illusions of the three-dimensional world in order to depict a universal, archetypal, objective reality. In short, it is the magic of reducing feelings to a two-dimensional surface of color, shape and light.
I’m fascinated with things that cannot be understood but perhaps only appreciated. Mine is the imagery of a heart swollen or broken by romance. Is it a sacrilege to hang things so personal on a wall? Does it depict something so private as to be embarrassing? Does it conjure intense feelings? If so, perhaps it has validity. It seems to me the journey of self-discovery is made even more valuable by sharing it with others.-
Amelia Alcock-White 2012
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Born 1981 on Vancouver Island in Ladysmith, BC. Amelia Alcock-White studied at The University of Vancouver Island and Emily Carr University. She has received several awards for her work, including Scholarships and Art Faculty Awards.
Amelia’s paintings express the human condition and its relation to nature, the transitory character of time and the contrasting endurance of elemental forces. Psychological themes, primal emotions and archetypal figures all play a role in her works. Amelia fuses sentiment, intimacy and warmth with the enigmatic, giving her images an emotional subtlety that draws the viewer into her private world.
Alcock-White’s paintings have been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions. Her work is represented in public and private collections in Canada, the United States and Hong Kong.
Petley Jones Gallery was pleased to present Solitudes, a solo exhibition of new work by Amelia Alcock-White. Here is what others thought of the show.
2012 Water Born, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver BC
2007 The Art of Staying Afloat, Gallery O
Contemporary, Vancouver, BC
2004 Opener, Simon Patrich Gallery, Vancouver, BC
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2010 Classical and Contemporary Nudes, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2008 The Body Exposed, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2007 Summer Gallery Show, Cohen Rese Gallery, San Francisco CA
2007 Art San Francisco, Union Square Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2007 East Meets West, a survey of art from Eastern Europe to Western CA and the US, Blink+Art Murmur, Santa Monica, CA
2007 Vanitas Now: Contemporary Still Life, Art Murmur Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2007 Art Toronto Winter Exhibition, Mittica Gallery, Toronto, ON
2006 Dream Worlds: An Artistic Investigation of Contemporary Surrealism, Art Murmur Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2006 NYC Artists, Caelum Gallery, Chelsea, New York, NY
2006 Grand Opening, The Art Center, Gallery O Contemporary, Vancouver, BC
2005 From Here To There: Five Magic Realists, Simon Patrich Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2004 Vancouver Art Gallery Auction, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Vancouver, BC
2004 VAG Art Exhibition, The Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC