Alison Orchard

Born in 1971. Alison first attended St. Ives School of Art as a teenager in 1986 and at the age of 18 won the Scott, Brownrigg & Turner Award for Art, which funded a painting trip around Europe. She studied Fine Art painting as well as Sculpture at A-level and continued her art education at Epsom School of Art & Design (Foundation Diploma) and Harrow College, University of Westminster (B.A. hons).
Alison enjoyed a successful career as a commercial illustrator and designer, working for several national newspapers and going on to run her own business. Throughout this time she continued to paint and draw and had her debut solo exhibition ‘Arvor’ at GalleryOne in 2009.
Following this initial success, she has continued to exhibit and develop her work and in 2012, was selected for inclusion in 35th edition of Who’s Who in Art. In 2014, she was one of 20 international artists to be chosen for accreditation as a Golden Artist Educator and in 2016 was the winner of The James Hockey Award for Painting.
Alison paints direct from the landscape, both at home and on the Cornish Coast and develops her ideas and paintings in her Hampshire studio. She works in oil or acrylic, incorporating various mixed media to create layered surfaces and marks. Her curiosity with materials has recently led her to take on the challenge of painting with encaustic wax, a beautifully tactile medium which allows her to create a greater depth of translucent layers and gestural brushstrokes. In all of her work there is a direct translation in the energy of brushstrokes, a teasing interplay between humility and the overwhelming forces of nature.
Alison’s work has a growing following and is held in private collections. Her paintings have been shown at various prominent art fairs, with exhibitions in London & South East England, Guernsey & Portugal.

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