Alison Rankin

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Alison is passionate about still life painting and her route to this traditional genre has been a logical progression in many ways. She originally trained as a graphic designer and worked for several years in book and magazine publishing. She then began working freelance as a photographic stylist, selecting props for food photography. Much of this work was for cookery books and magazines such as Country Living and Good Housekeeping.

Her background as a designer and stylist has influenced her work tremendously; as have the many subsequent years she spent producing paint effects for interiors, furniture and photographic sets. All this, together with her love of antique china and fabrics, along with simple well used domestic objects has led to her present still life style.

Alison works with a great emphasis on light, colour and composition. She loves conveying the weight and texture of fruit and vegetables, creating a classic and sensuous still life feel. Textures, shapes and colours are harmoniously combined to elevate the mere domestic to iconic status.

Her most recent work involves fewer objects, sometimes just single fruits, an egg, a piece of cutlery or suchlike. She aims to extend the genre by adding movement and dynamic relationships; to introduce dramatic tension into the tranquil world of still life.

She works in acrylic paint, sometimes combined with coloured pencils, graphite and inks, layer upon layer on heavy weight Fabriano paper, building up to create a smooth but painterly result. This is then varnished and float mounted in elegant black box frames.

Alison's work has been widely exhibited through galleries and art fairs, in the UK and internationally. It has been included in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition