“She couldn’t keep her colours inside the lines. So she drew new lines.”
I am inspired by the glamour of the 20s and 30s, the fantastic street art in Perth WA, vintage Vogue magazine covers, silent movies of the 1920s and fashion illustrations. I also enjoy painting animals and creating art for children. I am influenced by the works of Modigliani, Kees Van Dongen, Rene Gruau, Rennie Mackintosh, Picasso, Sonia Delauney, Malcolm Liepke, Chagall and Jolomo amongst others. I am also very interested in Modernism, Figurative art, Art Deco, the Naive Art movement and Cubism.
Olivia Alexander is a multi-awarded experimental artist, born in London in 1961. She uses specialized mixed media techniques to create abstract naturalist paintings. Olivia is inspired by the beauty of the colours, textures and shapes in the landscapes and oceans, not just of Australia but of other countries she has travelled to. Her bold and expressive paintings being an outward expression of the inner self.
Her work has been described as ‘having an outstanding character concerning the way in which she expresses the movements of life in the natural world surroundings as well as in emotionally arising abstract universes’.
Moving to Australia with her parents as a child, Olivia discovered her love of art at a young age with a natural gift for drawing. After leaving school jobs were scarce in the small seaside town so Olivia moved to Alice Springs in outback Northern Territory to break and train horses. Not exactly a ‘real’ job but exciting none the less!
She married in 1984 and focused on raising her four children.
In 2001 Olivia made the decision to pursue her art career and undertook many years of classes such as Fine Art, Advanced & Creative Drawing, and Advanced Mixed Media, as well as Interior Design.
In 2007 Olivia moved with her husband to Shellharbour, just south of Sydney where she works full time in her art studio.
Her work has gained global recognition with many awards including both pewter and bronze medal diplomas from the Paris society of Arts, Sciences and Letters, a silver medal diploma from the French International Academy of Merit and most recently in 2015, the Art Critics Award and the Rome Imperial International award from Italy.
She is a finalist in the international Brisbane Art Prize, Sep 2015.
Olivia has been in numerous group and solo exhibitions, not just in Australia but also Italy, France, USA, Singapore and Dubai. October 2011 saw her artworks successfully exhibited at the juried, Salon d’Automne in Paris.
Olivia’s artworks are owned by private collectors in many countries and she is represented by galleries in Australia and France.
She will be having a major collaborative exhibition in Paris at the end of 2015.
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