Alice Boyle - Windmill 1999
Alice Boyle (Windmill 1999), artist, and co-originator of the world famous, ‘Graffiti project’, at Kelburn Castle in Scotland 2006, is proud to launch her fourth solo show in London at the Bedfordbury Gallery, running from the 15th – 21st of May 2012. The Booker Prize winner, Ben Okri, has chosen one of Alice’s paintings to publicise the first stage adaptation of one of his stories, ‘The Cosmic Destiny’, at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
As part of the exhibition’s concept, Alice has five people of different interests naming each of her paintings. These titles will be displayed anonymously next to each image, potentially making the show interactive, and, encouraging discussion. Titling the paintings will be: Christopher Balfour, former head of Christies Europe for 5 years; Dr Oliver Jackson, who has little experience of the art world; Elisa Segrave, the renowned author of, ‘The Diary of a Breast’; Ruby and Chilli Holt, sisters of ages 6 and 8 working together; and Alice herself.
‘The Inward Journey’ is a new collection of mixed media paintings, which are inspired by Alice’s continuing interest in the power of myth and dreams, the use of textures and contrasts and the search for individual wholeness through religion, mythology and art. Carl Gustav Jung once said that there were things in his dreams that came from somewhere beyond himself, ‘The Collective Unconscious’, which he claimed held the entire psychic heritage of mankind. Alice’s practice explores this belief and questions the importance of myth to humankind in the demythologized world we now inhabit.
Alice believes that using textures and contrasts within her work heightens the senses and makes one more in tune with the psyche, encouraging a deeper engagement with each piece. Her paintings are created in the image of how dreams are made: objects and images from the material world, mixed with the deepest desires and fears of the mind, entangled with elements from the subconscious. Alice loosely plans her paintings letting them be experimental and surprising, developing through a layering technique with plaster and colour, building identity in the process.
Alice permeates movement and rhythm into her work, sometimes playing with poignant symbols and colours, yet chooses not to relay scenes from old mythological imagery. ‘I want to touch upon the atmosphere of stories and dreams, creating vignettes of living fantasy worlds, which may act as catalysts for the imagination. My work stresses the value of the human imagination, fantasy, and myth which I believe should not be seen as merely fictitious but taken seriously as a metaphor for reality’.
Alice Boyle was born in 1981 in Scotland and moved to London in 2007 after gaining a Masters from Edinburgh College of Art and a BA from The University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. She has had three solo exhibitions in London, at 54 The Gallery, Mayfair; Riverside Studios in Hammersmith and The Zetter Hotel in Farringdon as well as exhibiting in group shows around Britain. In March 2007, she co-directed, ‘The Graffiti Project’, at Kelburn Castle in Scotland working with Brazilian artists Os Gemeos, Nina and Nunca who prompted Alice to focus solely on her artistic practice, which she did in early 2008.