ABSTRACT, CONTEMPORARY WORKS BY ALISON APLIN
The abstract art depicted on this page are examples of Alison’s bold style. They are all very different, many with a common thread of being colourful. Alison likes geometric designs which also feature regularly in her work. Some of her work is deliberately clumsy; imperfect, as she believes that nothing in life is perfect. This makes her work earthy; organic even.
Alison’s most recent works, readying for regional art shows and exhibitions yet to be arranged, are framed pieces under glass. The base is watercolour, with acrylic and/or collage sometimes added. As a garden designer, Alison is very aware of the importance of juxtaposition of plants. This is followed through in her art works, where texture, colour and balance are all critically important in her abstract work.
Abstract art is not ‘about nothing’. At its basis it is about form, colour, line, texture, pattern, composition and process. These are the formal qualities of artwork, because they describe what the art looks like and how it is created. Abstract art is an exploration of these formal qualities, some of which Alison quite readily challenges in her work.
Since she is a multi-award winning garden designer, people would automatically assume that Alison’s work would be landscapes. Many have asked about this. But Alison prefers landscapes done as an Impressionist artist would or even totally modern interpretations.
Alison has admired the work of many contemporary and abstract artists and enjoys visits to galleries and exhibitions when time allows. She has come to the realm of artist late in life, but doesn’t let this daunt her. She works with vigour as time allows, but finds this all too infrequent.