About: Abstract Art by Alison Aplin

ABN: 79 199 147 223

I am a multi-award-winning contemporary, sustainable landscape designer and I use those same design skills with my paintings.Non Non-figurative abstract art is effectively all about design. 

All of my different genres, from landscape design to mosaic, sculpture and abstract art, all clearly show my passion for design. As an antagonist, I test the boundaries in all of my designing roles, by ignoring many of the elemental principles of design. This enables very different work to be produced.

My love of imperfection is prominent in all of my artwork, as is the invigorating use of colour. The colour, as seen in my artwork, is invigorating to the viewer. My art is not designed to calm you to the point of somnolence – arousal is what I’m after!!!

My artworks are bold and exciting; many are moderately big; perfect for large bare walls in modern homes. More recent works are on quality paper, using collage and various mediums and are framed with quality timbers. All works use quality paints and bases, with framed works using quality timber. My belief is that if you are going to focus on quality, the base materials have to be quality as well.

I am a registered member of IAVA (International Association of Visual Artists) 


2024 September – Solo Exhibition Glyph Gallery, Port Fairy.

2024 May 14th – 26th; RED Gallery, Fitzroy, Victoria by invitation. A solo exhibition titled ‘Magical Mystery Tour’.

2024 February – Membership Glyph Gallery, Bank St, Port Fairy, Vic.

2024 February – Finalist TNBT The Toowoomba Gallery

2023 ARTIFACT New York with 2 year gallery representation through ART UpCLOSE – their online, comprehensive marketing strategy including 4 global art fairs and digital exhibitions in their Manhattan Gallery. 12 artworks will be featured.

2023 November 13th to April 8th, 2024 – exhibition in Margaret Preston Commercial Gallery, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide

2023 July – Finalist in The Toowoomba Gallery ‘THE NEXT BIG THING’. Posted on IG with a photo of work by TTG – “This piece stood out to me as soon as the entry came through. @alisonaplinartist is certainly a star on the rise”.

2023 July – Artworks accepted at Fleurieu Arthouse, Hardy’s Winery, McLaren Vale, SA. To be represented by FA.

2023 June 13th – June 25th exhibition in RED Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne. Opening on 16th June

Feedback from Elle Drakos – owner of RED and on the board of the NGV – “We would like to express our sincere congratulations on the success of your show. It was truly exceptional, and we are honoured to have worked with such a talented artist like yourself”.

2023 March Winner of Best Local Artist Award Portland Rotary Art Show. Judge Jo Jo Spook

2023 March 2nd to 30th – solo exhibition Julia Street Creative Space, Portland, Vic.

2022 November 26th – workshop by Vicki Reynolds for intaglio printing method

2022 October – shortlisted for NEAP ACB selects – unable to take up offer as had painted over the selected work in error

2022 October 1st – solo exhibition at Blenheim Garden and Gallery, titled ‘Capturing Space’, Longford, Tasmania

2022 September 16th to 18th – collab with Van Gogh Art Gallery and Luxembourg Art Fair with 3 works of art

2022 March – Collective art show in Van Gogh Gallery, Madrid, Spain

2021 December – Featured in the Art Edit/Interior Design Magazine for autumn.

2021 October – exhibiting member of IAVA following juried curation

2021 October – Invited (130 international artists) to be part of the World of Crete virtual art event, Kreta Event with an online booth. Waste of money!

2021 23rd September/21st October – Solo Exhibition in Julia Street Creative Space, Portland, Victoria with an exhibition titled ‘Point of Difference’ – overwhelming response to my exhibition

2021 September – Paris Contemporary Art Fair in collaboration with the Van Gogh Art Gallery in Madrid, Spain, by invitation Van Gogh Gallery.

2021 May – Invitation by Guto Ajayu Culture in Spain to be included in the Anthology IV 2022 book. This is a high-quality collection showcasing artists and their works, which I have chosen to be included in. In September 2023, I received an invitation to submit works to the Museum of DEARTE Medinaceli Foundation with Ajayu Culture, in Marxh 2024.

2021 March – Invited as Member of IAVA (International Ass of Visual Artists)

2021 March – Solo Exhibition in Gallery 127, Avoca, Victoria

2020 Member of Julia Street Creative Space, Portland, Vic. Remains current

2020 Invitation by MADS Milano to exhibit works in December in the FABLE virtual exhibition

2020 Invited to provide works for the international virtual site MADS Milano DRESS me exhibition

2018 Solo Exhibition in Centre for Creative Health and Wellness, New Royal Adelaide Hospital, SA.
2016 Solo Exhibition Portland Arts Centre, February 2016

2010 – Winner Best Local Artist, Portland Rotary Art Show

Social media: Instagram – @alisonaplinartist


Once hampered by the ‘oldie’ title, I now eagerly embrace this title, as age depicts a life lived and experiences learned.

Currently I work as the designer in my highly awarded design and landscaping business, tho’ am soon to retire. As a self-taught artist, I have used these design skills to artfully create true, expressionist abstract artworks. Colour, I believe, is a strong point, while the juxtaposition of shapes and lines, often geometric, enhance the movement within every work. Depth is essential in most of my works, which would have to be called maximalism, because of the level of layering showing earlier layers through transparent paints. My mediums are most often mixed, sometimes finishing with oils. Texture is vital to my oil paintings.

Living in regional Victoria, Australia, I have been actively painting since 2008, having loved modern art since childhood. My work has found favour internationally, through especially Singulart, since April ’21, and exhibitions with various large galleries in Spain. Flatspace in UK has also sponsored my work internationally. I receive repeated invitations from overseas, including ongoing involvement with Van Gogh Art Gallery in Madrid, but currently I am working to increase my exposure in Australia. Distance is one of the greatest drawbacks an artist could experience, and far SW Victoria (Portland) is quite challenging in this regard.

I am very aware in both my landscape design business and my art, that in nature, nothing is perfect, so I follow the tradition at all times of the wabi-sabi way of viewing and creating works of art. With this knowledge comes an enormous appreciation for things that look different, lines that don’t quite line up, squares that are imperfect……crude works in fact. As my practice grows, my work becomes less refined which many find enormously satisfying to view. I continue to learn my craft through constant practice; creating art that is immensely satisfying to the soul. My buyers come from a range of backgrounds, but the most noticeable have been my design clients. They truly appreciate their gardens and my artistic style.


A recent testimonial from a client in the Clare Valley, South Australia, upon receipt of 2 paintings: “The paintings have arrived in perfect condition and are absolutely gorgeous”! Gayle Barry, Reg & Co Wines, CV. So, this testimonial shows the quality of the paintings as shown below and the quality of the packaging.


If for some reason you are not happy with your purchase, please contact me on +61 418 825 625 to discuss this. My prices are very good, so any returns will need the freight to be paid by the client. Packing is also of a very high standard, with Australia Post managing the freight in Australia. If there is any doubt about a purchase, please contact me in advance of the purchase, so that further information about the work can be given plus extra photos. But be assured, my artwork is of a very high quality and is as depicted in the photos. Having run an award-winning landscape design business for 30 plus years, professionalism and integrity are essential components to any good business.