Now representing: Isabel Alexander


We are proud to welcome the Estate of Isabel Alexander to Bridgeman Copyright, the full copyright clearance service run by Bridgeman Images

Sarracenia (Pitcher Plant), 1948 (w/c on paper), Isabel Alexander (1910-96) / Private Collection
 Cordoba, c.1965 (oil on canvas), Isabel Alexander (1910-96) / Private Collection


Isabel Alexander (1910-1996), artist and illustrator, has been described by admirers as ‘the English Georgia O'Keeffe'. Alexander trained at the Slade School of Art, London in the 1930’s and then travelled widely in Europe and lived for the last 20 years of her life in Yorkshire. She also illustrated, wrote and autolithographed one of the celebrated Puffin Picture Books.


Cereus Cactus, South Africa, 1948 (ink & w/c on paper), Isabel Alexander (1910-96) / Private Collection


Alexander's body of work includes drawings, sketches, paintings and illustrations. Best known for her dramatic and distinctive landscapes and seascapes, she was also a keen portrait artist and in her later years experimented with abstraction. Her work is predominantly focused upon line, colour and form.


Unloading Turf, Kilmurvey, Aran, 1947 (gouache on paper),  Isabel Alexander (1910-96) / Private Collection
Untitled, Aran, 1947 (w/c on paper), Isabel Alexander (1910-96) / Private Collection


She was enormously influenced by her great love of the British landscape and the natural world, as well as her great empathy for the disadvantaged, in particular the South Wales coalfields during the desperate wartime period before nationalisation.


Pinnacle, Thaxted Church, c.1951 (linocut), Isabel Alexander (1910-96) / Private Collection
 Tom, Suffering from Nystagmus, 1944 (litho), Isabel Alexander (1910-96) / Private Collection


Like many women of her generation she struggled for opportunity and recognition in a field that was overwhelming male; and like many more women across society as a whole she had to reconcile ambition with financial pressures and the demands of parenting.

This January sees the opening of a major retrospective of her work, Isabel Alexander: Artist Illustrator at The Mercer Art Gallery in Harrogate (14 January - 4 June 2017). To coincide with the retrospective, an extensive illustrated monograph of Alexander's work has also been published.


See all images by Isabel Alexander on the Bridgeman website.
Seaweed, Barra, c.1971 (oil on board), Isabel Alexander (1910-96) / Private Collection
Bridgeman Artists' Copyright Service

Isabel Alexander joins a distinguished list of artists and artists’ estates to have appointed the Bridgeman Artists’ Copyright Service including Lucian Freud and Stanley Spencer. Even if the image is not held by Bridgeman, copyright can still be cleared.

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