Alice Wisden is a well established, although young British artist based in Brighton, where she lives and works. She is best known for painterly, strong and often dark imagery, with a witty narrative that exploits our sensitivity to fear and love. Her focus continues to be on left-field, sometimes darker than average narrative painting. Her intention is to create a forum for regarding symbolism and the process of conflict and resolution. Inspiration comes from her obsessive collecting of archived or abandoned records of lives, photographs, old suitcases left at the dump, letters and other personal material. The paintings are instantly halting, eloquent they articulate the current lack of security, need for identity in the ever increasing sea of self-created social media personalities/ identities through skilled application of oils on canvas. Classically trained at Bournemouth Art College and then further educated and graduated at Wimbledon College of Art in 2008, Wisden has an affinity for painterly representation which she uses as a base for her conceptual fiction. Familiar homely paintings are subjected to graffiti in oil crayon the artist bravely applies over her rich, sometimes gothic imagery. Contrary, witty and dark these works are about an undesired reality versus the unattainable fictional void. Her work rebounds around a collection of frustrations, anxieties and questions.
~ The Flaneur
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