AMELIA ALCOCK-WHITE

Statement

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.

Biography

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. Currently for the Yellow Point Ecological Society and  Our Living Waters  A Canadian network working to improve freshwater health with over one hundred members such as WWF-Canada, Ocean Wise, Canadian Wildlife Federation, David Suzuki and Water Rangers.

Exhibits

Upcoming

October 2022 Current Sea, Solo Exhibition, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Opening reception with live painting and silent auction:
Friday October 7th, 5 – 8 PM
Exhibition: October 7 – 28, 2022
Retrospective art catalogue, Oct 7 2022
>Press Release: August, 2022
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2245 Granville Street (604) 732-5353

Recent

Water May 28 – June 30, James Baird Gallery St. John’s Newfoundland.  View Show and availability on Artsy  Artist Residency, Pouch Cove Foundation 

> Exhibition and Event Photos

Solo Exhibitions

2020 Slipstream Spring, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2019 Art in Action, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, BC > Event Photos Media Release PDF > AAW Studio Newsletter
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

Group Exhibitions

2022 The Triumph of Colour, Group Exhibition, Opening Reception: March 31st 6-8pm. Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2021  Contemporary Group Exhibit, October, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver BC
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

Publications

Selected BIBLIOGRAPHY

Western Living  Artwork feature “A Home to Grow In: Inside One Vancouver Family’s Dream House by Annaliesse Kelly Design” by McLachlan, Stacey. 02/12/2020.
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.
TV/RADIO:
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.

ART ON FILM SETS:
Arrow
Supergirl

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:
The Canada Council Art Bank
R McDonald House BC
Canadian/Hungarian Consulate
The Vancouver Aquarium
The Reach Art Museum
The Vancouver Art Gallery

Installations

Kerrisdale Residence 2022 “Isthmus” 36×48 inches oil on canvas, commissioned work.

Point Grey Residence 2021 “Rip Point” 24×72 inches oil on canvas, commissioned work.Rip Point by Amelia Alcock-White

Shaughnessy Residence 2021 “Active Pass” 30×40 inches, oil on canvas, commissioned work.

Arbutus Ridge Residence 2020 “Eventide” 30×48 inches, oil on canvas, commissioned work.

Langley Residence 2020 “Shangri-La” 48×72 inches, oil on canvas, commissioned work.


Kerrisdale Residence 2020 “Tempo” 36×48 inches, oil on canvas, commissioned work.
Seattle Residence 2020 “Quennell Lake” 24×30 inches, oil on canvas,  commissioned work.
Downtown Residence 2020 The Sound” 24×48 inches, oil on canvas.
University Residence 2019 Artwork showcased in an Architecture & Interior Design photo shoot for Peter Rose Architecture Artwork by Amelia Alcock-White showcased in an Architecture & Interior Design photo shoot for Peter Rose Architecture
West Vancouver Residence 2019 
Interior Design by AK Design
“Gleam” | 36 x 48 inches, 0il on canvas, private collection, 2019.West Vancouver Residence 2019 Interior Design by AK Design "Gleam" by Amelia Alcock-White, private collection, 2019.
Architect’s Home 2019  “Free Trade” and “Concurrent” 24×36 inches, oil on canvas, 2019.
Kitsilano Residence 2019  Custom commissioned painting “Coasting” | 36 x 24 inches, 0il on canvas, private collection, 2019.Kitsilano Residence 2019  Custom commissioned painting  "Coasting" | by Amelia Alcock-White 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 36 inches, 0il on canvas, 2017.
“Vessel” | by Amelia Alcock-White 48 x 36in 0il on canvas, 2017.“Vessel” | by Amelia Alcock-White 48 x 36in 0il on canvas, 2017.
Petley Jones Gallery, 2018
left to right: Jack Shadbolt, Amelia Alcock-White, Emily Carr.Petley Jones Gallery, 2018 left to right: Jack Shadbolt, Amelia Alcock-White, Emily Carr.
Burnaby Arts Council, 2018
Watermarks Exhibition
Burnaby Arts Council, 2018 Watermarks Exhibition by Amelia Alcock-White
The Reach Art Museum, 2016
Solo Exhibition, The Ripple Effect
The Reach , Abbotsford, BC.
The Reach Art Museum, 2016 Solo Exhibition by Amelia Alcock-White The Ripple Effect The Reach , Abbotsford, BC.
Kitsilano Residence, 2016
Private collection, Kits, Vancouver.
“Mercurial” | oil on canvas 30 x 40 inches.
Kitsilano Residence, 2016 Private collection, Kits, Vancouver. "Mercurial" | by Amelia Alcock-White oil on canvas 30 x 40 inches.
Petley Jones Gallery, 2014
Solo Exhibition, Solitudes
Petley Jones Gallery, 2014 Solo Exhibition, Solitudes by Amelia Alcock-White
Petley Jones Gallery, 2012
Solo Exhibition, Water Born
Petley Jones Gallery, 2012 Solo Exhibition, Water Born by Amelia Alcock-White

Reviews

“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.

COMMISSION TESTIMONIALS

“My husband and I have been looking for a very long time for a statement piece of art that would would be peaceful yet vibrant. My husband really wanted a realistic approach to the painting, whereas I wanted to capture some abstract elements as well. Amelia found the perfect balance and we could not be happier with our beautiful painting! She was incredibly patient as we iterated on the piece and was open to our suggestions and questions throughout the process. We love and enjoy the work more and more each day and feel very fortunate to own a piece by this very talented artist. “Isthmus” –Rashmi and Paul, September 2022.

“From the onset of our commission “Rip Point” Amelia was amazing to work with.  She is incredibly thorough and spent time with us in our space so she could make an amazing piece of art that was just right for us.  I had very specific requests for colours and feel and she delivered.  We absolutely love our piece and see something new in the painting everyday.”  –Alexandra, February 2022.

“Amelia is a master at capturing the simple beauty of water. “Tempo” captures the reflection of the Granville Island water taxis in the ocean. Growing up near the water has created a fascination with how water constantly changes with the light, movement, and reflection. I also find it has an amazing calming effect.” –Chantal,  August 2021

PAINTING FOR CHANGE COMMENTS

“At the David Suzuki Foundation, we strive to conserve our environment and find solutions that will create a sustainable Canada through science-based research, education and policy work. But there’s more to nature than we can express through words, policy or scientific research. That’s why the environmental movement needs artists like Amelia Alcock-White, who is the force behind the Painting for Change event. Thank you for dedicating your time and inspiration for a conservation themed exhibit. What you can express through art is really what is going to get us off the current unsustainable path humanity is on.”— Panos Grames, David Suzuki Foundation

“It is my pleasure to support you! I think it is brilliant when artists become involved in environmental issues: art reaches people in a way that facts and verbiage never can. You will absolutely make an impact with this project due to the beauty of your artwork and your obvious commitment and sincerity. It is definitely “win/win” no matter who wins the painting.”— Sharon Hartwell, Biologist and Land Steward

“Amelia’s painting captures a magical underwater world that is dear to my heart: the kelp forest.  Kelp forests are considered the rainforests of the ocean as they filter the water, capture carbon dioxide through photosynthesis and provide food and shelter for thousands of species.  Although kelp forests are one of the most diverse places on earth they are one of the least-explored and are still poorly understood.  Kelp forests are also threatened by climate change, pollution and overfishing.  Through Amelia’s art we can descend into the depths of the kelp forests and see their beauty and importance.  Thank you Amelia for all your work in helping protect, preserve and treasure the ocean. –– Erin Lane, Oceanographer and Environmental Educator

“The ocean is full of magic and mysteries – some discovered, some waiting to be discovered and some, sadly, lost.  Your art brings some of that magic and mystery alive and reminds us of what is important.  In nature is that which sustains us.  Although greater than us, the ocean needs our protection.  Thank you, Amelia, for donating your time and talent to our ocean!”
— Jane Smith, former Fisheries Inspector and Special Conservation Officer