I am inspired by the power of dreams, mythology and the collective unconscious. I use textures, vivid colours, elemental shapes and layering techniques, aiming to stimulate the senses and to make the viewers more in tune with their psyches. I explore the eternal and intrinsic search for individual wholeness through the process of art and creativity, while purposely avoiding pinning myself down to a single style or a theme in order to emphasize that creativity and life are more about the journey than about the end result.
My interest in dreams has come from experiencing many vivid and genuinely frightening dreams throughout my life, which led me to mythology and then to the work of Carl Gustav Jung. He believed that when you dream you delve into the, ‘Collective Unconscious, which he claimed held the entire physic heritage of mankind. He also believed that the psyche needs equilibrium between the conscious and the subconscious, thus making dreaming and fantasy essential for a feeling of personal balance.
I am naturally drawn towards texture. I want to touch it, experience it and know how it was created. Maybe texture affects me subliminally because the first canvases of the world were the uneven surfaces of caves, or maybe because there is always more of an element of unpredictability about it. Whatever the reason, it will always be of prime importance in my work’.
Combining ideas of my memories, dreams and experiences while embracing changes and accidents within my work, I creates colourful fantasy worlds with a surreal sensibility. This helps guide me towards my lasting ambition to be truly expressive and free from the trap of the ego.
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 four solo exhibitions in London, at 54 The Gallery, Mayfair; Riverside Studios in Hammersmith; The Zetter Hotel in Farringdon and at Bedfordbury Gallery in Covent Garden as well as exhibiting in group shows around Britain. Most recently, Alice exhibited in a group show at the Doubtfire Gallery in Edinburgh. In March 2007, she co-directed, ‘The Graffiti Project’, at KelburnCastle 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.
‘The Fifth World’ – February 2015 – Solo exhibition at 54 The Gallery, Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London.
‘Art For Care’ – May 2014 – Group Show in aid of Marie Curie at The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell lane, Glasgow, G1 3NU
‘Colour in the Cold’ – November 2013 – Solo exhibition at Kelburn Pavilion, Kelburn Estate, Fairlie, Ayrshire.
‘Colours the Soul’ – August 2013 – Solo exhibition at 54 The Gallery, Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London.
‘Group Show’ – February 2013 – The Doubtfire Gallery on South East Circus Street, Edinburgh.
'The Inward Journey’ – May 2012 – Solo exhibition at The Bedfordbury Gallery, 3 Bedfordbury, Covent Garden, London.
‘The Affordable Art Fair’ – March 2011. Exhibiting with Nicholas Bowlby, fine art dealer. Battersea Park, London.
‘The Advent Exhibition’ – December 2010 – Group show at The Highwaymans Gallery, Burry St Edmunds, Suffolk, England.
‘Anthropomorphism’ - November 2010 – Solo exhibition at The Zetter Hotel, 86 - 88 Clerkenwell Road, London.
‘Rhythmic Tales’ - October 2010 – Solo exhibition at Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, Hammersmith, London.
‘Memories, Dreams, Reflections’ - January 2010 - Solo exhibition at 54 The Gallery, Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London.
‘Blurring the neat line’ - June 2006 – Group show at The Embassy Gallery, Roxy Art House, Edinburgh.
‘BraveArt’ - May 2006 – Group show at Kelburn Castle, Largs, Ayrshire.
‘21st Century Dream’ - August 2002 – Group show in a temporary space as part of the Contemporary Arts programme for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.