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Olivia Alexander

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Birthplace
London

Birth year
1961

Lives in
Shellharbour

Website

Representing galleries
Trevisan International Art, USA, Italy, Xanadu Gallery

Tags
abstract, modern, landscape, mixed-media, gallery mixed-media

About the Artist

Olivia Alexander Biography

Olivia Alexander is a multi-awarded experimental artist, born in London in 1961. She uses specialized mixed media techniques to create abstract naturalist paintings. Olivia is inspired by the beauty of the colours, textures and shapes in the landscapes and oceans, not just of Australia but of other countries she has travelled to. Her bold and expressive paintings being an outward expression of the inner self.

Her work has been described as ‘having an outstanding character concerning the way in which she expresses the movements of life in the natural world surroundings as well as in emotionally arising abstract universes’.

Moving to Australia with her parents as a child, Olivia discovered her love of art at a young age with a natural gift for drawing. After leaving school jobs were scarce in the small seaside town so Olivia moved to Alice Springs in outback Northern Territory to break and train horses. Not exactly a ‘real’ job but exciting none the less!

She married in 1984 and focused on raising her four children.

In 2001 Olivia made the decision to pursue her art career and undertook many years of classes such as Fine Art, Advanced & Creative Drawing, and Advanced Mixed Media, as well as Interior Design.

In 2007 Olivia moved with her husband to Shellharbour, just south of Sydney where she works full time in her art studio.

Her work has gained global recognition with many awards including both pewter and bronze medal diplomas from the Paris society of Arts, Sciences and Letters, a silver medal diploma from the French International Academy of Merit and most recently in 2015, the Art Critics Award and the Rome Imperial International award from Italy.

She was a finalist in the international Brisbane Art Prize, Sep 2015.

 

Olivia has been in numerous group and solo exhibitions, not just in Australia but also Italy, France, USA, Singapore and Dubai.  October 2011 saw her artworks successfully exhibited at the juried, Salon d’Automne in Paris.

Olivia’s artworks are owned by private collectors in many countries and she is represented by galleries in Australia and France.

PROFESSIONAL CV

EDUCATION

CERTIFICATE 3 IN MICRO BUSINESS 2014

ADVANCED MIXED MEDIA – 2008-2011 

CERTIFICATE IN INTERIOR DESIGN – THOMSON DIRECT EDUC. 2007

FINE ARTS CERT. 1 – TAFE College, ALBURY 2004

CREATIVE & ADVANCED DRAWING  2004- 2007

PAINTING IN ACRYLICS- 2004-2006

PAINTING & DRAWING - 2004 – CEC WODONGA

 

AWARDS AND CERTIFICATES

Vermeil Medal Diploma – European Institute of Contemporary Arts (IEDAC)         France Oct 2015

Artist Value Certification – Jacques Akoun Art Valuation –                                      France Sep 2015

Brisbane Art Prize – Finalist                                                                                        Australia Sep 2015

Art Critics Award                                                                                                                    Italy June 2015

Art Achievement Award for contribution to art in Europe – IEDAC                          France May 2015

Rome Imperial International Prize – Effetto Arte/ Russo                                                 Italy May 2015

Silver Medal Diploma – International French Academy of Merit –                            France June 2014

Pewter Medal Diploma – Societe Academie Arts, Sciences, Lettres,                          Paris June 2014

Bronze Medal Diploma- Societe Academie Arts-Sciences-Lettres,                             Paris June 2012

Feast, Pray, Love Art Prize – Finalist                                                                    Melbourne March 2014

Lethbridge 10000 Art Award, Finalist                                                                   Melbourne June, 2011

4TH Prize Overall - Kiama Art Society 32nd Exhibition,                                                        Australia 2010

2nd Prize - ‘Surfaces’ Exhibition, International Competition, ‘Light,Space,Time’                   USA  2010

Best Mixed Media - International Online Competition, Manhattan Arts International,         USA  2010

First Prize - Albury show 2003 ;  Highly Commended - Albury Show                           Australia 2003

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Mondial Art Academy –                 Australian Ambassador & Officer Academician- France

European Institute of Contemporary Art-                                                                    France

Who’s Who Art Club International-                                                                       Switzerland

French International Academy of Merit and Devotion -                                           France

Artec –                                                                                                                                   France

National Association of Visual Artists,                                                                         Australia

Arts-Sciences-Lettres- Societe Academique d’Education et d’Encouragement - Paris

Copyright Agency/Viscopy                                                                                             Australia

Kiama Arts Trail –                                                                                                   Australia

Trevisan International Art-                                                                                               Italy

CURRENT GALLERY REPRESENTATION

Galerie des Charmilles – Longjumea- ILL-DE-FRANCE

Xanadu Gallery- Studio Artist, Scottsdale FL USA 

Muse Gallery – Milawa, Victoria, AUSTRALIA

Shoalhaven Fine Art Gallery – St George’s Basin NSW AUSTRALIA

Harn GalleryINTERNATIONAL

PUBLISHED LITERATURE

‘CAPTURING THE NATURAL WORLD’ by Olivia Alexander- Jan 2015

‘EVERYTHING IS ART’ MAGAZINE – Aug 2012

'INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY MASTERS' VOL IV published - Jan 2011

AUSTRALIAN ART COLLECTOR’ Magazine Oct-Dec 2010

‘ARTIST’S PALETTE’ magazine, Dec 2008, Issue 69 and Jan 2009, Issue 70

‘AUSTRALIAN ARTIST’ magazine, September 2007 and April 2008

GROUP & SOLO EXHIBITIONS: 2015

  • ‘Oceans of Oz’, Olivia Alexander & Ann Dunbar

 Galerie Art et Miss, 1-8 Dec 2015 PARIS

  • Kiama Arts Trail members exhibition 13-19 Oct 2015 AUSTRALIA
  • Scarborough Art Show Oct 2015 AUSTRALIA
  • Brisbane Art Prize – Finalist Sep. 2015 AUSTRALIA
  • Augustus Momentum, SCAS group, Wollongong NSW Australia
  • Who’s Who Art Club International

Honfleur, FRANCE June 2015

  • Salon Antares Creativ

Toulouse, FRANCE 29-31 May 2015.

  • Art Design Show- Dreem St Gallery

St Tropez and Lavandou, FRANCE 16 Feb- 26 Mar 2015

  • KAT Members Exhibition

Kiama AUSTRALIA Feb 2015

 

GROUP & SOLO EXHIBITIONS: 2002- 2014

 

  • HABITAT- Beth Hulme Gallery, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, Sept 2014
  • PERCEPTIONS Workshop Exhibition GARGANO, ITALY, June 2014
  • KIAMA ARTS TRAIL GROUP EXHIBITION – KIAMA, AUSTRALIA,  Mar 2014
  • FEAST,PRAY, LOVE ART PRIZE – MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA,  Feb – Mar 2014- FINALIST
  • ABLAZE BRASSERIE SOLO EXHIBITION – NOWRA, AUSTRALIA,  Feb - Mar 2014
  • KIAMA ARTS TRAIL LAUNCH EXHIBITION, KIAMA, AUSTRALIA, Oct - Nov 2013
  • KIAMA ART SOCIETY 35TH EXHIBITION, KIAMA, AUSTRALIA, Sept 2013
  • CAMART EXHIBITION, CANTEBURY, AUSTRALIA,  Aug2013
  • PREMIO NAPOLI 2013 NAPLES, ITALY,  May 2013 (Nominated for People’s Choice award)
  • ARTIST’S HAVEN GALLERY’ Ft Lauderdale, FLORIDA, USA, Nov 2012
  • ‘SONGS FOR SYDNEY’-Alexander,Morant,Rowling, Cao- Global Gallery, SYDNEY, June 2012
  • POSTCODES FROM THE EDGE’, Wollongong City Gallery, AUSTRALIA, April 2012
  • L’ALTERNATIVE’, Salon d’Automne,  PARIS, FRANCE,  Oct 2011
  • ‘INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY MASTERS’, South Nevada Museum of Fine Art,

LAS VEGAS, USA 2012

  • LITTLE TREASURES, Galleria De’ Marchi, BOLOGNA, ITALY, April 2011
  • ‘DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE’,  World Bar, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, 2010
  • BRUNSWICK STREET GALLERY, ‘Small Works’,  MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA,  2010
  • KIAMA ART SOCIETY 32ND EXHIBITION,  (4th prize overall) KIAMA, AUSTRALIA, 2010
  • TREVISAN INTERNATIONAL ART, Summer Exhibition, ITALY, 2010   
  • ‘RATHER BE NAKED’, Mils Gallery, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA 2010
  • ‘JAMES KIWI WATERCOLOUR PRIZE’, Wollongong City Gallery – AUSTRALIA 2010 (Juried)
  • ‘LITTLE TREASURES’, BOLOGNA, ITALY 2010 (Invitation only)
  • ‘THE DUBAI ART PROJECT’,  DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 2010  (Juried)
  • ‘ALL ABOUT EVE’, BOWRAL 2009
  • ‘INSTINCT’, Coffee Culture, Solo Show, BOWRAL, 2008  
  • ‘STAGE 4 – IMAGES OF THE DROUGHT’,  WODONGA, 2008   
  •  ‘2 POMS & A PAINTBRUSH’, ALBURY, 2007
  • ‘JAMES KIWI’ WATERCOLOUR PRIZE, Wollongong City Gallery, W’GONG, 2008  (Juried) 
  • KIAMA ANNUAL ART EXHIBITION, KIAMA 2007, 2008, 2009
  • THE DOG SHOW ART EXHIBITION 2007
  • BUDS OF MAY ART SHOW 2006 (Guest artist)
  • CARCOOLA ART SHOW 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
  • ST. AUGUSTINES ART SHOW, 2006
  • CREATOR’S GALLERY POSTCARD EXHIBITION, 2006                                      
  • ALBURY WODONGA ART SOCIETY ART EXHIBITION, 2004, 2006
  • COROWA FED. SHOW, 2003,2004, 2005
  • TUMUT ARTS EXHIBITION, 2004 
  • CHILTERN ART EXHIBITION, 2004
  • BRIGHT ART EXHIBITION, 2003
  • CORRYONG BUSH FESTIVAL EXHIBITION, 2003
  • CULCAIRN LIONS CLUB ART SHOW, 2002, 2003  
  • ALBURY SHOW, 2003

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

PRIVATE CHILDREN’S ART CLASSES: 5-10 years old- Chinese Community, Wollongong Feb 2015

WEST STREET WOMEN’S CENTRE: Wollongong City Council, Drawing Workshops, Aug-Sep 2014

MIXED MEDIA WORKSHOP: Wollongong June 2012

ARTSPACE: Illawarra Children’s Services, Corrimal, Feb 2011

WEST STREET WOMEN’S CENTRE:  Wollongong City Council, July-Oct, 2010

PAWS IN THE PARK:  Wodonga City Council, children’s art class assistant. 2007

CHILDREN’S FAIR:  Wodonga City Council 2007

CEC WODONGA: Acrylic Painting Adult Classes, July 2007

School of the 3rd Age Albury- Drawing - Adult classes, Temp position. 2006

BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • Art Edit magazine, Edition 7 Editor’s Pick ‘Best of Abstract’ July 2015
  • Lake Times & Kiama Independent Newspapers July 2015
  • Effetto Arte, Italian Art Magazine, May 2015
  • Radio VOX Fm 106.9- Live interview, Mr. Maestro, ‘Art, Music & Paris’ Nov 2014 & Mar 2015
  • Illawarra Mercury- ‘To Paris & Back Again’ Aug 2014
  • Daily Telegraph- ‘Best Weekend’ magazine, Nov 2013
  • Kiama Independent – Following the Trail, Oct 2013
  • Illawarra Mercury – Kiama Arts Trail, Oct 2013
  • The Australian- ‘Songs for Sydney’, June 2012
  • Illawarra Mercury- ‘From Paris with Love’, May 2012
  • Shellharbour Advertiser- ‘Olivia on the World Stage’ Apr 2011
  • ‘Hot Art” Southern Highlands – ‘All About Eve’ exhibition & artists. 2009
  • Southern Highland News – Celebrate Artistic Women Article. 2009
  • Art Matters – Dec 2008, Paintings & photo
  • Border Country Mail, 7 July, 2007 ‘After The Rain’ Interview & photo.
  • Border Mail, 5 July  2007 ‘ARTS” & ‘PLAY’ Interview & photo
  • The Post 5 July , 2007 – Article about Stage 4 Exhibition
  • The Land Magazine – Aug 2, 2007 Interview & photos, ‘Seeing Beauty Behind the Dry Horror’
  • Prime TV News – Interview & Coverage of Exhibition Paintings – ‘Stage 4 Drought’ exhibition
  • Border Mail, 8 Feb, 2007 Interview for ‘2 Poms & a Paintbrush’ exhibition
  • Border Mail, 10 Feb, 2007 ‘What’s On’, Photo
Recent Exhibits

Olivia Alexander participated in these exhibits:

Dec, 2015 Oceans of Oz
Galerie Art et Miss
 
Nov, 2012 Group Exhibition November 2012
Artists Haven Gallery
 
May, 2010 Little Treasures
Galleria De'Marchi
 
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Olivia Alexander has Exhibited at these venues:

Galerie Art et Miss Artists Haven Gallery
Galleria De'Marchi
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Olivia Alexander has curated with these artists:

Ann Dunbar
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Olivia Alexander has curated at these venues:

Galerie Art et Miss

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