Alice’s paintings all stem from a love of colour, contrasting colours, colour explosions and ‘pops’. In all her work, natural form and shape appears and as she studies and appreciates the natural patterns and forms found in natural objects. Alice’s work is expressive, bold, with diverse layers and textures, often using layers of paint with acrylic work, or working with the minimal fluidity of watercolour. In both mediums, Alice loves to push and play with them delighting in the ‘accidents’ both mediums allow.
Conceptually, for the last year she has been inspired by the concept of ‘Everyday JOY’; the little things which we delight in but often overlook. Admiring the shapes and colours that natures colour and form brings .... the seasons changing, the diversity of botanicals, the earths diverse regions such as Costa Rica with its rich bio diversity and flora. With the craziness of coronavirus and slow pace of lockdown, admiring the local scenes of ‘everyday joy’ such as cherry blossom, springtime walks and ‘indoor scenes’ - potted house plants, everyday garden plants have become the central theme to her work.
She cites her inspirations from other artists such as Arabella Shand, Mary Fedden, David Hockney, Matisse and Barbara Rae, aswell as her fellow ‘Studio Fridays’ (www.studiofridays.com) artists Michelle Karpus, Jacqui Grant, Jo Gilbert, Raina Goran and her creative brother @ Insta DefoMaybe.
EXHIBITIONS AND NEWS
June ‘20 Arts Depot North Finchley “Lockdown Exhibition” 3 Watercolours called “Lockdown Company” exhibited as part of this
May ‘20 Launch of Etsy Shop "EverydayJoyPrints"
Dec- ‘19 Feb ‘20
Dec 6th to Feb 5th 2020 “Everyday Joy: Moments of Appreciation. Colour, Creation, Light” @ The Crypt Gallery, Marylebone Parish Church, London, NW15LT - Nearest tube: Baker St.
Landmark Arts Fair - Ferry Road, Teddington, TW119NN, SW London
Solo Exhibition “EverydayJoy: Moments of Appreciation. Colour, Creation, Light” @ Gallery 1010 // Salvation Army International Headquarters, 101 Queen Victoria St, London, EC4V 4EH - opposite Tate Modern and 2 mins from St Pauls Cathedral. Tubes: St Pauls / Blackfriars / Mansion House
Collective Exhibition “Journeys” at “Love Beyond” Festival 2019, All Saints Centre, Hertfordshire
Part of ‘Studio Fridays’ gallery collective - please see www.studiofridays.com for more info
Participated in a collective exhibition “Forming & Filling” All Hallows on the Wall Church, 83 London Wall, EC2MSND
Participated & exhibited as part of the Cheetham Cultural Festival @ Trinity United Church, Manchester with OM Arts
Selected to exhibit “Journey by boat” at Arts Depot Open Summer Exhibition, North Finchley, London
June - July 2018:
Solo Exhibition “From Mosul to Greece”, Mill Hill East Church & Cafe, Mill Hill, London
I have always been fortunate enough to always be surrounded by creativity and credit my mums passion for textiles, fathers love of plants, and my ‘Midwinter’ family love of design and ceramics as pivotal to my inspiration growing up. I studied for a BA Hons Social Anthropology with Spanish in English, French (Aix-Marseille) and Spanish (Sevilla), this taught me about world views, language, pattern, light, meaning and social constructions which I see as parallel to the world of creating.
I now seek to support creative expression in education in addition to my artistic practice. I love colour! I love paint! I love to play with the texture and I love nature, and my practice seeks to combine all of these elements into a POP! of Joy. Elsewhere, I work as an art technician in a local secondary school and am passionate about seeing the wellbeing that art brings released into everyday settings, through a creative community I lead at church.
More of my work can be seen on my website:
Instagram: alice atashkar
Etsy Shop: EverydayJoyPrints
The paintings shown in the gallery are listed with their size and gallery price. They are all subject to a 15% discount from the advertised price for the duration of Open Studios if bought during September as they will not be subject to gallery commission on any sale.
As they will be bought from a digital image, any purchase will be subject to a return agreement for up to 1 week of purchase if not up to your expectation and returned in the condition as sold. A full refund will be honoured. All work may be viewed in person at my North London studio prior to purchase if desired, 7 min walk from Totteridge & Whetstone tube station- Northern Line, High Barnet branch. I can arrange delivery and framing if requested.
Please contact me with an interest regarding paintings at: firstname.lastname@example.org