Wellington artist Alison Luisi has won the Best Abstract Painting Award at Tiverton Art Society’s Summer Exhibition, a remarkable achievement as she only started painting seriously less than a year ago.
Her success comes years after she did a Art Foundation Course at SCAT on leaving school but painting since then has been “just a hobby, for fun”. Having moved from her job with Nationwide Building Society to Queen’s College, Taunton as an Art Technician over 4 years ago she has been more involved in art. She said, “My grandfather was a painter so there’s a genetic link but I only started painting seriously last year, entering paintings in an exhibition for Children’s Hospice South West. This is my second exhibition and the third will be at Ilminster at the end of August. After that I’ve been invited to show paintings at the Quartz Festival at Queen’s College in October. I’d like to thank Claire Western, Head of Art at Queen’s, for her drive and encouragement.”
Alison is a member of Tiverton Art Society but has lived in Wellington for 20 years. She has paintings showing in The Emporium, Somerset, in Mantle Street and at The Harlequin Gallery in Bath Place in Taunton.
Using a “shed in the garden, the kitchen table and at school when it’s quiet” Alison’s preferred medium is caligo ink more commonly used in printing and etching rather than oils or acrylics. “It’s more malleable,” she said.
Her success is all the more gratifying as the exhibition was judged by Alan Cotton, one of Britain’s most distinguished landscape painters. He has been represented internationally by Messum’s Fine Art in Cork Street, London, for the past twenty years where his annual exhibitions have frequently sold out.
Alan lives and works in Devon in the village of Colaton Raleigh and has contributed much of his time over the last few years t o the arts of the South West. He is a founder member of the South West Academy of Fine & Applied Arts and has worked for a number of charities, including Peace One Day and Children’s Hospice South West.
In 2005 Alan was invited by Prince Charles to be his Tour Artist on a visit to Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. In 2006 Alan was awarded an Honorary Doctorate (D.Litt) by the University of Exeter for his ‘outstanding contribution to the Arts’ and in 2011 the Senate of the University of Bath conferred on Alan the position of Honorary Professor of Arts.
Tiverton Art Society’s members are both amateur and professional artists and its exhibitions take place twice each year. The Summer Exhibition is at the Castle Primary School, Barrington Street, Tiverton until 8 August.