My work addresses the on-going debate surrounding the use of our coastal waterways. It explores how a single event can manifest multiple futures, some potentially destructive. What is beautiful and what is economically expedient are often two divergent paths.
By highlighting the reflections on a body of water I attempt to contrast nature versus nature repurposed by humans and the far-reaching and often permanently damaging repercussions that can occur.
The irregular ellipses of flattened colour, abstract patterns and highlighted surface reflections try to evoke a reverence for the mystery and importance of water, our natural world, its fragility and precariousness.
Born on Vancouver Island, Amelia Alcock-White is a contemporary Canadian painter who lives and works in Vancouver, BC. She studied fine art at Vancouver Island University, Emily Carr Art Institute and Columbus State University. She has received many awards for her work, including Scholarships and Art Faculty Awards. Alcock-White’s paintings have been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Vancouver, San Francisco and Toronto. Her work is represented in notable public and private collections.
She pursues her concern for the environment with an ongoing project called ‘Painting for Change‘ which benefits conservation initiatives.
Up Close & Personal with Amelia Alcock-White: Art in Action
April 27 – May 11, 2019 (extended to May 17th)
Petley Jones Gallery
2245 Granville St Vancouver BC
Petley Jones Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Amelia Alcock-White. Her recent collection presents a vision of both the abstract and the hyperreal; in the words of Lucian Freud: “the longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and, ironically, the more real.”
Images of coastal lakes, rivers and islands infuse her paintings with a sense of deep appreciation. Ellipses, flattened colour, abstract patterns, and highlighted surfaces evoke the mystery of water, the fragility of our natural environment and the precarious state of our urban waterways.
Alcock-White’s masterful use of colour theory, pigments and the spectrum of light make her paintings vibrate with energy. Both impasto and alla prima make the surfaces radiate like the natural viscosity of water. Her works are a study of nature and personal introspection.
In the spirit of earth day celebrations, she will be painting live in the gallery and offering her painting in a silent auction with all proceeds donated to the Yellow Point Ecological Society.
|2019||Art in Action, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, BC|
|2016||The Ripple Effect, The Reach Art Museum, Abbotsford, BC|
|2014||Solitudes, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver BC *catalogue|
|2012||Water Born, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver *catalogue|
|2007||The Art of Staying Afloat, Gallery O Contemporary, Vancouver, BC|
|2004||Opener, Simon Patrich Gallery, Vancouver, BC *catalogue|
|2018||Small Works, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver BC|
|Watermarks Burnaby Arts Council, Deer Lake Gallery 6584 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby|
|Deja Vu, Group Exhibition, Petley Jones Gallery. A mix of contemporary and historic art including works by the Group of Seven. Artists represented were: Tom Thompson, A.Y. Jackson, Emily Carr, J.E.H. MacDonald, A.J. Casson, Lawren Harris, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Jack Shadbolt, Llewellyn Petley-Jones and Amelia Alcock-White.|
|2017||South Granville ArtWalk Group Exhibition, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver BC|
|2016||30th Anniversary Show, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver BC|
|2015||Small Works, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver BC|
|ID, TEDx Vancouver Visual Arts Exhibition|
|Settlement Building/Rogers Arena, Vancouver BC|
|2014||Aerial, Goldmoss Gallery, Roberts Creek Arts Festival, BC|
|2013||Art For Life, Fine Art Auction, November 2013, Vancouver, BC|
|Night at the Aquarium: Art Gala, Vancouver, BC|
|2012||Women in Art, Ethos Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA|
|Amelia Alcock-White, Hollyburn Club, West Vancouver, BC|
|An Evening of Art: Shanti Uganda, Vancouver, BC|
|Selected Works, VLTB Art Show, October 2012, Vancouver, BC|
|2010||Classical and Contemporary Nudes, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, BC|
|2008||The Body Exposed, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, BC|
|San Francisco Artists, Cohen Rese Gallery, San Francisco CA|
|2007||Art San Francisco, Union Square Gallery, San Francisco, CA|
|East Meets West, a survey of art from Eastern Europe to Western CA and the US, Blink+Art Murmur, Santa Monica, CA|
|Vanitas Now, Contemporary Still Life, Art Murmur Gallery, Los Angeles, CA|
|Art Toronto Winter Exhibition, Mittica Gallery, Toronto, ON|
|2006||Dream Worlds: An Artistic Investigation of Contemporary Surrealism, Art Murmur Gallery, Los Angeles, CA|
|NYC Artists, Caelum Gallery, Chelsea, New York, NY|
|The Art Center, Gallery O Contemporary, Vancouver, BC|
|Street Angels, Art Auction, Vancouver, BC|
|2005||From Here To There: Five Magic Realists, Simon Patrich Gallery, Vancouver, BC|
|2004||Vancouver Art Gallery Auction, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Vancouver, BC|
|VAG Art Auction Exhibition, The Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC|
|Bayshore Exhibition, The Bayshore Gallery, Vancouver, BC|
SHE: project “Woman, Connection and Art.” Photography by Bergen, Lexa. 10/17/2019.
Canadian Art “Up Close and Personal with Amelia Alcock-White: Art in Action!” 04/27/2019.
Italian Art Blog: Artwort “Behind the new series of Amelia Alcock-White is an important reflection on the future of the planet.” 10/04/2018.
Creative Boom “Watermarks: Amelia Alcock-White’s calming paintings of reflections on the surface of water.” Written by Laura Connelly. 10/03/2018.
Essential Magazine “Looking for Canada.” Editorial by Matzkuhn, Bettina. pg. 60. 2017/2018.
South Granville “Amelia Alcock-White at the 6th Annual ArtWalk ” 06/17/17.
Artist Monograph The Reach Gallery Museum. Essay by Schneider, Laura. 03/10/16.
Solitudes. Solo exhibition (limited edition book) Petley Jones Gallery: 2014.
Vandocument. “The Colour of Silence” Ramsey, Dillon. 11/8/14.
Vancouver is Awesome. “Autumnal Contemplation.” Frere, Sunshine. 11/2/14.
Galleries West. “Take Them Home.” Priegert, Portia. 09/03/14.
Art Trends Interview. Flintoff, Fabian. 08/03/14.
David Suzuki Foundation. “Painting for Change: Artist campaigns for ocean conservation.” 09/14/14.
Installation Magazine. “The Wonder of Ambiguity.” Interview by A. Moret 07/01/13.
Booooom “Featured Artist.” Hamada, Jeff. 17/06/13.
The Courier South “Granville galleries open up for ArtWalk.” Blissett, Rebecca. Vancouver 06/26/13.
Water Born. Solo exhibition (limited edition book) Petley Jones Gallery: 2012.
Snap. Exhibition review. Canada: 12/12/12.
Notable.ca. “YED Daily” National online interview. Canada: 12/11/12.
The Sun.”With the Flow.” Parry, Malcolm. Vancouver: 12/01/12.
The Commentary. “Radio Interview.” Planta, Joseph. Vancouver: 11/28/12.
Galleries West. “Water Born Exhibition.” Canada: 12/12/12.
Hot Art Wet City. “Video Interview.” Bentzen, Chris. Vancouver: 11/27/12.
Empty Kingdom. “Art Feature” Konahrtist. UK: 06/12/12.
Dumpjekunst. Curated Dutch Art Blog. Netherlands: 06/05/12.
Global Art Junky. “An Artist Studio” Feature Story. Visual Arts Blog: 05/10/12.
Artista Day “May Feature” Los Angeles, CA: 05/12/12.
Hyperallergic.“A View From theEasel” Hartigan, Philip. USA: 05/01/12.
Infamous. “Staying more than Afloat.” Vancouver: 03/01/07, p. 5.
The Courier. “Urban Landscape.” Lee, Fred. Vancouver: 03/14/07.
24 Hours. “Art Exhibits Galore.” Schatter, Michael. Vancouver: 03/13/07, p.19.
Metro. “Social Eyes.” Frey, Warren. Vancouver: 03/13/07.
The Vancouver Sun. “Town Talk.” Parry, Malcolm. Vancouver: 03/10/07.
The Globe and Mail. “Review.” Toronto, ON: 03/02/07.
Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine. “Art Event.” Los Angeles, CA: 03/01/07.
The News Bulletin. “The Art of Humanity.” Fryer, Melissa. Nanaimo: 03/01/07.
The Chronicle. “Amelia Alcock-White brings dreams to life.” Aldous, Rebecca. Ladysmith: 02/27/07.
The Navigator. “Alumni finds Success in Paint” Carter, Matthew. Nanaimo: 02/28/07.
Multifaith Action Society. “Expressions of Hope.” Vancouver: 01/02/07.
Preview: The Gallery Guide. Vancouver: 02/01/07.
Dave Flather. Director, Group of Seven Art. Art Review. Vancouver: 03/01/07.
Eye Weekly. “Romantic paintings by Amelia Alcock-White.” Toronto, ON: 01/08/07.
Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine. “Events.” Los Angeles, CA: 08/01/06.
Artslant. “Dreamworld.” Los Angeles, CA: 08/10/06.
Vancouver Lifestyles Magazine. “State of the Art.” Hopkins, Michelle. Vancouver: 01/01/06.
Vancouver Magazine. Parry, Malcolm. Vancouver: 02/07/05.
Preview: The Gallery Guide. “Exhibition Catalogs of Interest.” Vancouver: 01/01/05.
The Sun. “Westcoast News.” Parry, Malcolm. Vancouver: 12/05/04.
The Province. “The-List:Art.” Derdeyn, Stuart. Vancouver: 12/05/04.
Where Magazine. “Brushes with Talent.” Barton, Adriana. Vancouver: 12/01/04.
Mia Johnson. Preview of the Visual Arts. Art Review. Vancouver: 10/01/04.
Dennis Burton. Painter & Teacher. Art Review. Vancouver: 09/01/04.
Opener. Solo exhibition,(limited edition book) Simon Patrich Gallery. Vancouver: 09/11/04.
CBC Radio Canada. “The Arts Report.” Grant, Paul. Vancouver: 03/08/07 4pm.
Urban Rush. Artist Interview. Vancouver: 03/08/07.
The Express. Opening Reception/Interview. Ward, Johanna. Vancouver: 03/08/07.
City TV. Artist Interview. Tasha Chiu, Co-Host: 03/06/07.
Channel M. “On the Arts.” Television Interview. Petocka, Natalia. Vancouver: 11/24/05.
The Canada Council Art Bank
R McDonald House BC
The Vancouver Aquarium
The Reach Art Museum
The Vancouver Art Gallery
West Vancouver Residence 2019 Interior Design by AK Design
“Gleam” | 36 x 48in 0il on canvas, private collection, 2019.Kitsilano Residence 2019 Custom commissioned painting
“Coasting” | 36 x 24in 0il on canvas, private collection, 2019.Kerrisdale Park Residence, 2018 Interior design by Glenn Washburn of Peter Rose Architecture and Interiors
Private collection, Shaughnessy, Vancouver. Full Image Portfolio
“Vessel” | 48 x 36in 0il on canvas, 2017.Petley Jones Gallery, 2018
left to right: Jack Shadbolt, Amelia Alcock-White, Emily Carr. Burnaby Arts Council, 2018
Watermarks ExhibitionThe Reach Art Museum, 2016
Solo Exhibition, The Ripple Effect
The Reach , Abbotsford, BC.Kitsilano Residence, 2016
Private collection, Kits, Vancouver.
“Mercurial” | oil on canvas 30 x 40 inches.Petley Jones Gallery, 2014
Solo Exhibition, Solitudes
Petley Jones Gallery, 2012
Solo Exhibition, Water Born
“Technically adept, Amelia’s rich and interpretive works transcend the mere illustrative realm revealing sensitive compositions brimming with emotion and conviction. I have followed her work for many years
and feel a new maturity embracing her current works.”–Matt Petley-Jones August 2014 Gallery Director
“We are alone in this world, all in this boat together, searching, looking, wondering; no one knows anything, we just wander, hope, dream, aspire, when our time comes we pray that we are ready to act, pray that we are clear, open, awake. Water pours over a mountain, rippling away in all directions forever. The Light reflects off the water. As above, so below, and deep down, other things. The key is to not be afraid, ever, but it doesn’t take courage, it takes something closer to relinquishing, to surrender. We will be enfolded back into this world. All of our meanderings merely academic… life is a great mystery, which we embrace and bow-down to, hold on to, and let go of. Amelia Alcock-White’s paintings honor this journey. They are fearless. They are signposts for what we need.” — Bo Bartlett August 2014
Bo Bartlett is one of world’s foremost contemporary painters. Bartlett’s Master Class at Columbus State in Georgia, to which Amelia Alcock-White was invited in 2013, has instructed and inspired her work.
“Alcock-White’s body of work is so cohesive, sensitive and of rich palette. Very reflective of the human, contemplative condition removed from noise, chatter and insistence. They seem to be about contemplating the edge of worlds. –Betsy Eby August 2014
Betsy Eby is an encaustic painter from the Pacific Northwest. Eby currently shows at the Winston Wachter Gallery of Seattle and NYC.
“Alcock-White’s work uses water almost exclusively as a metaphorical backdrop for human experience. It is a thematic device through which the artist articulates her personal and spiritual journey and explores her relationships with place, family and the environment. Water is the universal bond, connecting us with ourselves, each other and the natural world in the artist’s images of hope for transformation and renewal.” –Laura Schnieder 2016 Curatorial essay excerpt. Director of the Reach Art Museum.