Olivia Alexander is a multi-awarded experimental artist, born in London now based in Australia. She uses layers of specialized mixed media techniques to create abstract and expressionistic naturalist paintings.
Inspired by color, texture and shapes in the landscapes and oceans, not just of Australia but of other countries she has travelled to.
Alexander’s 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”.
Alexander works with a combination of ink, acrylic and very fluid water color pigments on canvas and paper. Layer upon layer of fluid pigment creates transparent depths, combined in mutual exchanges of forms and colors. Light and shadow are added creating further depth to the work, sharpening alternating formations.
The sense of spirituality within nature is captured upon canvas or paper while still allowing the viewer their own interpretation and interwoven story.
Spending her childhood in South Australia, Alexander discovered her love and gifting for art at an early age. She married in 1984 and focused on raising a family in between her art hobby.
After a serious illness in 2001 Olivia made the decision to pursue her career as a professional artist and so undertook nine years of training in Fine Art, Advanced & Creative Drawing, Advanced Mixed Media, as well as Interior Design.
In 2007 Olivia moved with her husband to Shellharbour, just south of Sydney where she now works full time in her art studio overlooking the Lake behind her home.
Her work has gained global recognition with nine international 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.
Alexander has been in numerous group and solo exhibitions, not just in Australia but also Italy, France, USA, Singapore, India and Dubai.
October 2011 saw her artworks successfully exhibited at the juried, Salon d’Automne in Paris and she undertook a a two women show in Paris in December, 2015.
Her artworks are owned by private collectors in many countries and she is represented by galleries and curators in Australia, Italy, Singapore, USA and France.
2008-2011 Advanced Mixed Media, Composition & Design- Private class.
2007 Certificate in Interior Design- Cengage
2004 Certificate in Fine Arts 1- Albury TAFE
2004-2007 Creative & Advanced Drawing- CEC
2004-2006 Painting in Acrylics- CEC
2002-2004 Painting & Drawing- CEC Wodonga
AWARDS AND CERTIFICATES
2016 Palm Art Award Nominee -Germany
2015 Vermeil Medal Diploma – European Institute of Contemporary Arts (IEDAC) - France
Artist Value Certification – Jacques Akoun Art Valuation –France
Brisbane Art Prize – Finalist - Australia
Art Critics Award - Italy
Art Achievement Award for contribution to art in Europe – IEDAC - France
Rome Imperial International Prize – Effetto Arte/ Russo - Italy
2014 Silver Medal Diploma – International French Academy of Merit – France
Pewter Medal Diploma – Societe Academie Arts, Sciences, Lettres.- Paris
Feast, Pray, Love Art Prize – Finalist -Melbourne
2012 Bronze Medal Diploma- Societe Academie Arts-Sciences-Lettres. - Paris
2011 Lethbridge 10000 Art Award, Finalist - Melbourne
2010 4TH Prize Overall - Kiama Art Society 32nd Exhibition, Australia
2nd Prize - ‘Surfaces’ Exhibition, International Competition, ‘Light,Space,Time’ - USA
Best Mixed Media - International Online Competition, Manhattan Arts International, - USA
2003 First Prize - Albury show , Highly Commended - Albury Show - Australia
2016 ‘Oceans’, Shoalhaven Fine Art, Jervis Bay 13-27 May, Australia
2014 ‘Collection’ Ablaze Brasserie – Nowra, Australia
2008 ‘Instinct’, Coffee Culture, Bowral – Australia
2015 ‘Oceans of Oz’, Olivia Alexander & Ann Dunbar, Galerie Art et Miss, 1-8 Dec. Paris, France
2007 ‘2 Poms & a Paintbrush’, Olivia Alexander & Ruth Gray, Albury, Australia
2016 Kolkata International Exhibition, India
Kiama Arts Trail Members Exhibition, Australia
‘Migrations’ SCAS group, Kiama Australia
2015 Petits Formats Galerie Art et Miss, Paris
Kiama Arts Trail member exhibition, Australia
Scarborough Art Show- Australia
Brisbane Art Prize – Finalist- Australia
Augustus Momentum, SCAS group, Wollongong- Australia
Who’s Who Art Club International, - Honfleur, France
Salon Antares Creative, -Toulouse, France
Art Design Show- Dreem St Gallery, -St Tropez and Lavandou, France
KAT Members Exhibition, Kiama -Australia
2014 ‘Habitat’- Beth Hulme Gallery, Melborne, Australia
‘Perceptions’ Workshop Exhibition Gargano, Italy
Kiama Arts Trail member exhibition, Australia
‘Feast, Pray, Love’ Art Award Finalist, - Melbourne, Australia
2013 Kiama Arts Trail member exhibition, Australia
Kiama Art Society 35th Exhibition- Australia
‘CamArt’ Award, Canterbury, Australia
Premio Napeli Award Exhibiton, Naples, Italy. (Nominated for People’s Choice award)
2012 Artists Haven Gallery, Ft Lauderdale, Florida, USA
‘Songs for Sydney’-Alexander, Morant, Rowling, Cao- Global Gallery, Sydney, Australia
‘International Contemporary Masters’, South Nevada Museum of Fine Art, Las Vegas USA
2011 L’Alternative’, Salon d’Automne, Paris, France.
Little Treasures, Galleria De’ Marchi, Bologna, Italy
2010 ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’, World Bar, Sydney, Australia
‘Small Works’, Brunswick St Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Kiama Art Society 32nd Exhibition (4th prize overall) Kiama, Australia
Trevisan International, Summer Exhibition, Italy
‘Rather Be Naked’, Mils Gallery, Sydney, Australia
‘James Kiwi Watercolour Prize, Wollongong City Gallery – Australia (Juried)
‘Little Treasures’, Bologna, Italy (Invitation only)
‘The Dubai Art Project, Dubai, UAE (Juried)
2009 ‘All About Eve’, Bowral, Australia
Kiama Art Society 31nd Exhibition Kiama, Australia
2008-2002 Available upon request.
2016 Alyson Stanfield Art Biz Blog, USA
‘Choses à Savoir Art’ French Podcast interview. France
Radio VOX Fm 106.9- Live interview, Mr. Maestro, ‘After Paris’
RivierArt magazine– Europe,’ Find Paradise’.
2015 Art & Beyond magazine, Winter edition USA, ‘Oceans of Oz’ An extra-ordinary exhibition.
Art Edit magazine, Edition 7 Editor’s Pick ‘Best of Abstract’ .
Lake Times & Kiama Independent Newspapers
Effetto Arte, Italian Art Magazine.
Radio VOX Fm 106.9- Live interview, Mr. Maestro, ‘Art, Music & Paris’
2014 Illawarra Mercury- ‘To Paris & Back Again’
Radio VOX Fm 106.9- Live interview, Mr. Maestro
2013 Daily Telegraph- ‘Best Weekend’ magazine.
Kiama Independent – Following the Trail.
Illawarra Mercury – Kiama Arts Trail.
2012 The Australian- ‘Songs for Sydney’.
Illawarra Mercury- ‘From Paris with Love’.
2011 Shellharbour Advertiser- ‘Olivia on the World Stage’ .
2009 ‘Hot Art” Southern Highlands – ‘All About Eve’ exhibition & artists.
Southern Highland News – Celebrate Artistic Women Article.
2008 Art Matters –
2007 Border Country Mail, ‘After The Rain’
Border Mail ‘ARTS” & ‘PLAY’
‘The Post’– Article about Stage 4 Exhibition
The Land Magazine – ‘Seeing Beauty Behind the Dry Horror’
Prime TV News – Interview ‘Stage 4 Drought’ exhibition
Border Mail, Interview for ‘2 Poms & a Paintbrush’ exhibition
Border Mail, ‘What’s On’, Photo
REPRESENTING GALLERIES & CURATORS
Galerie Art et Miss - Paris, France
Atkinson Collection Gallery – Chicago USA
Shoalhaven Fine Art & Framing - Jervis Bay, Australia
Atelier Auctions – Singapore
Trevisan International Art – Italy
Mondial Art Academy - Officer Academician- France
European Institute of Contemporary Art- France
French International Academy of Merit and Devotion -France
National Association of Visual Artists, - Australia
Arts-Sciences-Lettres- Societe Academique d’Education et d’Encouragement - Paris
Copyright Agency/Viscopy - Australia
Trevisan International Art- Italy