Alice Gur-Arie began her career as a conceptual copywriter, graphic designer, and creative director, eventually responsible for positioning global brands, and developing and executing their marketing strategies. Several years ago she returned to her creative roots, publishing work that "sits in the sweet spot where painting and photography converge.” London-based and award-nominated, Alice’s contemporary, limited edition, mixed media images have been auctioned at Christie's and exhibited at the Embassy of Iceland. Her artwork is held in private art collections in the UK, US, Israel, Germany and Canada.
The concept of "seeing" is at the heart of her practice. Combining photography with digital painting, she invites the viewer to replace the window through which they see the world, with a lens that interprets the world into something that is at once familiar and foreign. Inspired by the natural world, landscapes, seascapes, wildlife and images of nature dominate her portfolio, ranging in style from bold saturated abstracts to soft, textured tones. Treating a photograph as a canvas, images are digitally "repainted" by hand with a "brush", sometimes in layers, sometimes pixel by pixel. Of her creative approach she says, "What is critical, is understanding that my work is not about digital manipulation, but about my imagination, and my ability to transform the canvas into an aesthetically compelling, memorable, visual experience that appeals to the head and the heart.”
Ms. Gur-Arie has had 4 solo exhibitions, including works from The Iceland Trilogy at the Embassy of Iceland in London, and Black, White and Red, in Nice, France. Alice’s work has been auctioned at Christie’s London, and selected by US publishers for book covers. She is represented by a number of UK based organisations, and Bridgeman Images internationally, and has exhibited at Parallax Art Fair and Roy's People Art Fair in London, England. Ms Gur-Arie is also a Trustee of Positive View Foundation, a UK based charity that uses photography to transform the lives of young people living on inner city London estates.
Awards and Recognition:
Tagsmart Artist of the Week, November 2018, Secret Art Prize (long listed) 2017, Top 10 Artworks CultureLabel 2016, Bridgeman Images Studio Award (short listed) 2016, Aesthetica Art Prize (long listed) 2014, Terry O'Neill Tag Photography Award 2012 (2 series nominated), Royal Ontario Museum (winner), Toronto 1985 -> National competition to design the Smithsonian International Travelling Exhibition campaign for The Precious Legacy