Alison welcomes all visitors to her art website. The works that can be viewed within this site are a reflection of some of the work that Alison has done over a number of years.
Her style has grown over the years, as has the style of abstract art in general. Abstract art globally is now a far more recognised and appreciated form of art, preferred by many to the traditional art forms. Abstract art enables the artist as much artistic freedom as they want to express themselves, and Alison is becoming much more aware of this practice herself. She enjoys the fact that she can be as liberal with often uncharacteristic use of colours and styles as she wants.
Alison’s educational background consists of nursing and midwifery registration, diploma of horticulture and an advanced diploma of business. Her landscape design is well over 25 years old, with Alison designing gardens for at least 40 years by word of mouth. Design is integral to Alison’s existence.
Her artistic style is mood inclined. Some is controlled construction, while other works are very gestural in their appearance. Her work is very expressive, reflecting her emotional state at the time of painting. Alison is far too impatient to settle on any niche style – this is not her nature. She needs to keep moving with her work, constantly experimenting with ideas colours, theories.
In all of Alison’s work, through her different life experiences, Alison is extremely focussed and determined to be seen as a leader in each field. She is a leading authority on sustainable landscape design, substantiated with significant landscape industry awards in 2 states. Her next quest is as an abstract artist. To become a noted one.
Alison was invited to submit a painting to the MADS Milano Art Festival to coincide with the Milan Fashion Week in September 2020. This was a brilliant expose of her work and a great coup for her CV. Below is the painting exhibited at the Festival called ‘Snow on the Mountain’.
Following is the review written by Giorgia Massari, the Art Curator for the MADS Milano Art Festival, entitled “DRESSME” for September, 2020 for Snow on the Mountain. Her words had a profound effect on Alison.
“The art of the Australian artist and designer Alison Aplin is an action painting, in which the colors and the artist’s hand come together, giving life to works in which immediate instinct prevails.
Her profession as a designer helps her create aesthetic works in which her passion emerges from the emotional charge given by gestures.
Her work “Snow on the mountain” is a deeply intimate work, in which the desire to return to the past is evident. A layer of white snow covers the entire painting alluding to memories buried by time and four leafless trees are keys players. Bare trees represent the process of growth, the need to drop the leaves to make room for new buds. Aplin’s work is therefore an emotional journey into the past. It’s a desire to return to the moment of childhood in which purity of mind led us to ignore the evil in the world and to avoid external influences. It is therefore a search for pure painting, free from contamination. This concept sounds quite similar to the infantile art of the artist Paul Klee: “I would like to be as just born, ignore poets and fashions, be almost primitive”.
The reflection that the work of Aplin allows us to make is dictated by her wise choice of colors: the purity of mind is evoked by the candid white of the snow which, combined with darker colors such as brown and ochre, acquires a nostalgic and melancholic connotation.
At the same time, the four blue clouds at the top of the canvas foretell the rain: it will feed the trees allowing them to bloom again. “Snow on the mountain” is like a soul in which past, present and future coexist”.