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 ocean conservation initiatives.
Up Close & Personal with Amelia Alcock-White: Art in Action
Saturday, April 27th 2019 12-5pm
Petley Jones Gallery
2245 Granville St
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 conservation initiatives.
|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|
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.
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. “Deamworld.” 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.
Private collection, Shaughnessy, Vancouver.“Vessel” 36 x 48” 0il on canvas, 2017.
Interior design by Glenn Washburn of Peter Rose Architecture and Interiors Full Image PortfolioPetley 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