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, producing work that "sits in the sweet spot where painting and photography converge.”
The concept of "seeing" is at the heart of her practice. Combining her own photography with digital painting, she invites the viewer to replace the window through which they see the world, with a lens that interprets visual experience into something that is at once familiar and foreign. Inspired by the natural world, landscape, seascape and wildlife images from around the world dominate her portfolio, ranging in style from bold saturated abstracts to soft, textured tones. Alice is a self taught artist.
Treating a photograph as a canvas, images are repainted by hand digitally 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 re-imagining experience”.
London based, Alice’s artwork is held in private art collections in the UK, US, Israel, Germany, Switzerland and Canada.
In addition to her practice, Ms. Gur-Arie is working on a thematically structured art book that will contain her short stories and poems, and a large selection of her contemporary, fine art, mixed media images.
Ms Gur-Arie is a Trustee of Positive View Foundation, a UK based charity that uses photography to transform the lives of disadvantaged 16-25 year olds living on inner London estates.
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.
Alice is represented by a number of UK based galleries, and Bridgeman Images internationally. She has exhibited at Parallax Art Fair and Roy's People Art Fair, and regularly shows work in Blackheath Arts Society exhibitions in London.
Awards and Recognition
Gemini Art Prize Featured Artist
Tagsmart Artist of the Week Secret Art Prize (long listed)
Top 10 Artworks CultureLabel
Bridgeman Images Studio Award (short listed)
Aesthetica Art Prize (long listed)
Terry O'Neill Tag Photography Award (2 series nominated)
Royal Ontario Museum (winner) National competition to design the Smithsonian International Travelling Exhibition campaign for The Precious Legacy
Alice has delivered numerous commissions for art consultants and private collectors. Education
Alice holds degrees in English literature, Education, and Business from York University in Toronto.