"In the paintings of Amelia Alcock-White, glamorous men and women pose theatrically in seemingly effortless settings. With a style verging on magic realism, she imbues her paintings with a Latin sensibility extroverted, exuberant and colorful.

Amelia emphasizes the clear contours of designed objects like umbrellas, a hot air balloon, a metal birdcage or a silver tray of cut-glass perfume bottles. Her meticulous technique has the precision of Art Deco craftsmanship.

Like the images of Mexican social realist painter Diego Rivera, who contrasted hard industrial shapes like furnaces, automobiles and conveyer belts against the more organic shapes of people, foliage and clouds, Amelia's strange props have a surrealistic edge that contrasts beautifully with the gentle curves of bodies and botanical shapes. The human figures, however, are always centre stage.

The universe as presented to us by Amelia is full of imaginative idealization. With a simplicity and clarity bordering on naivety, she explores themes of passion, romance and grand amore.

Strong theatrical lighting and deep shadows integrate her multicultural people as they strike dramatic poses with their birds, fish, vines or flowers. It's a carefree world with a universal message of optimism: alluring, engaging and enchanting."


MIA JOHNSON

Mia Johnson is an Art writer, critic, and reviewer for the magazine, Preview of the Visual Arts.
10/20/04