Gur-Arie, Alice

Bio

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

Commissions
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.

Awards

  • 1985 National multimedia campaign design, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, The Precious Legacy campaign
  • 1986 Commission - Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, The Greatest Story Never Told campaign
  • 1986 Commission - Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Naum Gabo campaign
  • 1986 Commission - McLaughlin Planetarium, Toronto, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever campaign
  • 2012 Terry O'Neill Tag Photography Award (nomination), London, Series: Drama in the Fog
  • 2012 Terry O'Neill Tag Photography Award (nomination), London, Series: Love on the Rocks
  • 2013 Commission - Vollmer Cultural Consultants, New York, Tianma (Year of the Horse)
  • 2014 Aesthetica Art Prize (long listed), Tapestry
  • 2014 Commission - Vollmer Cultural Consultants, New York, Yang (Year of the Sheep)
  • 2015 Commission - Vollmer Cultural Consultants, New York, Looking Northwest (Year of the Monkey)
  • 2016 Commission (Private Collection) Toronto, Colours Between Dark and Light
  • 2016 Commission (Private Collection) Toronto, The Pomegranate Cart
  • 2016 Commission (Private Collection) Toronto, Herod's Egret
  • 2016 Commission (Private Collection) Toronto, The Mountains of Moab
  • 2016 Top Ten Artworks CultureLabel, Mountain
  • 2017 Commission - Vollmer Cultural Consultants, New York, Golden Folly (Year of the Rooster)
  • 2017 The Secret Art Prize (long listed), The Romantic
  • 2018 Commission - Vollmer Cultural Consultants, New York, Caesar (Year of the Dog)
  • 2019 Commission - Vollmer Cultural Consultants, New York, Year of the Pig
  • 2018 Tagsmart Artist of the Week, N/A
  • 2019 Feature interview Artist Talk Magazine, https://issuu.com/artisttalkmagazine/docs/artist_talk_magazine_-_issue_7/48
  • 2020 Commission - Vollmer Cultural Consultants, New York, Jordie (Year of the Rat)

Exhibitions

  • 2012 Iceland, Unsmiling Beauty (solo), Bond House., London
  • 2012 Eye of the Beholder, Bond House, London
  • 2013 Merlin's Forest, Bond House, London
  • 2013 Iceland Trilogy (solo), Embassy of Iceland, London
  • 2015 Black, White and Red (solo), Massimo Mangiardi, Nice
  • 2016 A Curious Christmas , Curious Duke Gallery, London
  • 2018 Curious Duke Christmas , Curious Duke Gallery
  • 2020 Spring and Other Reasons (solo), Coningsby Gallery, London

Education

  • 1984 Bachelor of Business (Marketing), York University, Toronto Canada
  • 1979 Bachelor of Education, York University, Toronto Canada
  • 1979 Honours Bachelor of Arts (English Literature), York University, Toronto Canada

Links

Wary, 2013 (photograph)
Wary, 2013 (photograph)

ADK6088003: © Alice Gur-Arie / Bridgeman Images

Into the Void, 2016 (photograph)
Into the Void, 2016 (photograph)

ADK6088006: © Alice Gur-Arie / Bridgeman Images

After the Blind, 2013 (photograph)
After the Blind, 2013 (photograph)

ADK6088007: © Alice Gur-Arie / Bridgeman Images

The Princess's Peacock, 2012, (photograph)
The Princess's Peacock, 2012, (photograph)

ADK6088198: © Alice Gur-Arie / Bridgeman Images

This Way, That Way, 2016 (photograph)
This Way, That Way, 2016 (photograph)

ADK6170974: © Alice Gur-Arie / Bridgeman Images

Farmhouse Friends, 2016 (photograph)
Farmhouse Friends, 2016 (photograph)

ADK6170975: © Alice Gur-Arie / Bridgeman Images

Royal Egret, 2015 (photograph)
Royal Egret, 2015 (photograph)

ADK6170976: © Alice Gur-Arie / Bridgeman Images


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