Artist Statement, CV and Bio

ARTIST STATEMENT

 

I’m Olivia Alexander, a visual artist based on the Gold Coast Queensland. My work is inspired by the sublime beauty of the oceans and coastal landscapes of Australia, so I would say that the Ocean is my muse.

 

I specialize in layered mixed media including gold leaf, with which I can capture the naturally formed textures, line and colour in the coastal rock formations as well as the rhythmic movement of the sea.

 

I’m passionate about creating art that takes the viewer to a place of serenity and renewal that one can only experience beside the ocean. To highlight and appreciate its hidden beauty, but also the need to protect its fragility. 

BIOGRAPHY

Olivia Alexander is an internationally exhibited and awarded full-time artist known for her bold and expressive ocean and landscape paintings created in impressionistic and sometimes, semi abstract style.

 

She has received many international awards including pewter and bronze medal diplomas from the Paris Society of Arts, Sciences and Letters, a silver medal diploma from the French International Academy of Merit, the Art Critics Award and the Rome Imperial International award from Italy.

She was a finalist in the international Brisbane Art Prize, 2015 and the New York International Art Contest at Gateway Art Centre, NY in 2016.

 

Her artworks are owned by private collectors in many countries and she has exhibited or is represented by galleries and curators in cities such as Paris, Tokyo, New York, Chicago, Rome, Bologna, Sydney, India and Singapore, to name a few.

 

She is inspired by artists such as JMW Turner, Kandinsky,  the French Impressionists as well as the Expressionist movement,  but she has develop a style that is uniquely her own.

Olivia Alexander has written articles for both online and print art magazines and enjoys creative writing particularly in relation to the stories within her artworks

 

Olivia works from her Gold Coast home art studio in Queensland and visits are welcome by appointment.

CrowdInk Editorial

Above: Kiama Art Exhibition, Awarded 4th Overall, 2010

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Paris 2014, Awarded by International French Academy of Merit, Silver Medal Diploma.

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ART EDUCATION

2008-2011     Advanced Mixed Media, Composition & Design- Private class.  

2007              Certificate in Interior Design- Cengage

2004              Certificate in Fine Arts 1- Albury TAFE

2004-2007     Creative & Advanced Drawing- CEC

2004-2006     Painting in Acrylics- CEC

2002-2004     Painting & Drawing- Community Educ. Cnt. Wodonga

 

AWARDS AND CERTIFICATES

2018    Palm Art Award nominee, Germany

2016   New York International Art Contest, Gateway Art Centre NY,- finalist

           Artslant Showcase Winner- Mixed Media, International online.

           Palm Art Award Nominee -Germany

2015   Medaille de Vermeil – institute Européen Arts Contemporains(IEDAC) -France

           Diplôme d’Honneur – Mondial Art Academia, France

           Artist Value Certification – Jacques Akoun Art Valuation –France

           Brisbane Art Prize – Finalist - Australia

           Art Critics Award OverArt Russo - Italy

           Art Achievement Award, Grand Concours International d’Arts Contemporains – IEDAC - France

           Rome Imperial International Prize – Effetto Arte/ Russo - Italy

2014   Médaille d’Argent –Academie International Le Mérite et Dévouement Français – France

           Diplôme de Médaille d’Étain – Société Academique d’Éducation et d’Encouragement Arts, Sciences,                       Lettres.- Paris

           Feast, Pray, Love Art Prize – Finalist -Melbourne

2012   Diplôme de Médaille de Bronze- Société Academique d’Éducation et d’Encouragement Arts, Sciences,                    Lettres.- Paris

2011   Lethbridge 10000 Art Award, Finalist - Melbourne

2010   4TH Prize Overall - Kiama Art Society 32nd Exhibition, Australia

          2nd Prize - ‘Surfaces’ Exhibition, International Competition, ‘Light,Space,Time’ - USA

          Best Mixed Media - International Online Competition, Manhattan Arts International, - USA 

2003   First Prize - Albury show, Highly Commended - Albury Show - Australia

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019   Wild Indigo Sea – Creative Hearts Gallery, Gold Coast 7-20 Nov, Australia

2017   Immersion – Old Court House, Wollongong,27-29 Jan, Australia

2016   ‘Oceans’, Shoalhaven Fine Art, Jervis Bay 13-27 May, Australia

2014   ‘Collection’ Ablaze Brasserie – Nowra, Australia 

2008   ‘Instinct’, Coffee Culture, Bowral – Australia

TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2015   ‘Oceans of Oz’, Olivia Alexander & Ann Dunbar, Galerie Art et Miss, 1-8 Dec. Paris, France

2007   ‘2 Poms & a Paintbrush’, Olivia Alexander & Ruth Gray, Albury, Australia

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021.   9 By 5, Greater Dandenong Gallery exhibition, VIC

2019    Gold Coast Show, Australia

           Gallery 6 31, Members Exhibition, Brisbane, Australia

2018   Galerie Thuillier, ASL December Exhibition, Paris France

           Galerie Thuillier, ASL April Exhibition, Paris France

2017   Art West Community Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

           Aspire Gallery, Brisbane Australia

2016   Gateway Art Centre, Manhattan New York NYC USA

           ‘Palette’ 1st Salon, Commune Egly, Ile-de-France

           Kolkata International Exhibition, India

           Kiama Arts Trail Members Exhibition, Australia

           ‘Migrations’ SCAS group, Kiama Australia

2015   Petits Formats Galerie Art et Miss, Paris France

          Scarborough Art Show- Australia

          Kiama Arts Trail members Exhibition Australia

          Brisbane Art Prize – Finalist- Australia

          Augustus Momentum, SCAS group, Wollongong- Australia

          Who’s Who Art Club International, - Honfleur, France

          Salon Antares Creative, -Toulouse, France

          Art Design Show- Dreem St Gallery, -St Tropez and Lavandou, France

          KAT Members Exhibition, Kiama -Australia

2014   ‘Habitat’- Beth Hulme Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

          ‘Perceptions’ Workshop Exhibition Gargano, Italy

           Kiama Arts Trail member exhibition, Australia 

           ‘Feast, Pray, Love’ Art Award Finalist, - Melbourne, Australia

2013    Kiama Arts Trail member exhibition, Australia

           Kiama Art Society 35th Exhibition- Australia

           ‘CamArt’ Award, Canterbury, Australia

           Premio Napeli Award Exhibiton, Naples, Italy. (Nominated for People’s Choice award)

2012   Artists Haven Gallery, Ft Lauderdale, Florida, USA

          ‘Songs for Sydney’-Alexander, Morant, Rowling, Cao- Global Gallery, Sydney, Australia

          ‘International Contemporary Masters’, South Nevada Museum of Fine Art, Las Vegas USA

2011   L’Alternative’, Salon d’Automne,  Paris, France.

          Little Treasures, Galleria De’ Marchi, Bologna, Italy

2010   ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’,  World Bar, Sydney, Australia

          ‘Small Works’,  Brunswick St Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

           Kiama Art Society 32nd Exhibition  (4th prize overall) Kiama, Australia

           Trevisan International, Summer Exhibition, Italy

           ‘Rather Be Naked’, Mils Gallery, Sydney, Australia

           ‘James Kiwi Watercolour Prize, Wollongong City Gallery – Australia (Juried)

           ‘Little Treasures’, Bologna, Italy (Invitation only)

           ‘The Dubai Art Project, Dubai, UAE  (Juried)

2009  ‘All About Eve’, Bowral, Australia

           Kiama Art Society 31nd Exhibition Kiama, Australia

2008-2002 Available upon request.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2021   World of Interiors UK, Artistic Impressions image April printed edition

2016   CrowdInk, Dec 2, Editorial online.

           Alyson Stanfield Art Biz Blog, USA

          ‘Choses à Savoir Art’ French Podcast interview. France

           Radio VOX Fm 106.9- Live interview, Mr. Maestro, ‘After Paris’  

           RivierArt magazine– Europe,’ Find Paradise’.

2015   Art & Beyond magazine, Winter edition USA, ‘Oceans of Oz’ An extra-ordinary exhibition.

          Art Edit magazine, Edition 7 Editor’s Pick ‘Best of Abstract’.

          Lake Times & Kiama Independent Newspapers

          Effetto Arte, Italian Art Magazine.

          Radio VOX Fm 106.9- Live interview, Mr. Maestro, ‘Art, Music & Paris’

2014   Illawarra Mercury- ‘To Paris & Back Again’ 

          Radio VOX Fm 106.9- Live interview, Mr. Maestro

2013   Daily Telegraph- ‘Best Weekend’ magazine.

           Kiama Independent – Following the Trail.

           Illawarra Mercury – Kiama Arts Trail.

2012   The Australian- ‘Songs for Sydney’.

           Illawarra Mercury- ‘From Paris with Love’.

2011   Shellharbour Advertiser- ‘Olivia on the World Stage’

2009   ‘Hot Art” Southern Highlands – ‘All About Eve’ exhibition & artists.

           Southern Highland News – Celebrate Artistic Women Article.

2008   Art Matters –

2007   Border Country Mail, ‘After The Rain’

           Border Mail ‘ARTS” & ‘PLAY’

         ‘The Post’– Article about Stage 4 Exhibition

          The Land Magazine – ‘Seeing Beauty Behind the Dry Horror’

           Prime TV News – Interview ‘Stage 4 Drought’ exhibition

           Border Mail, Interview for ‘2 Poms & a Paintbrush’ exhibition

           Border Mail, ‘What’s On’, Photo

REPRESENTING GALLERIES & CURATORS

           Tricera online Gallery, Tokyo

           Hansford & Sons EAP, London

           Laguna Art online – Laguna Beach, California USA

           Gallery 104 online- Broadway New York, USA

           Atkinson Collection Gallery – Chicago USA

           Shoalhaven Fine Art & Framing - Jervis Bay, Australia

           Trevisan International Art – Italy

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

           Society of Arts-Sciences-Letters - Paris

           Copyright Agency/Viscopy - Australia

           Trevisan International Art- Italy

PUBLISHED ARTICLES BY THE ARTIST

​2017   'Artrepreneur - A New Breed of Artist', CrowdInk News platform, January.

          'The Art of Collecting Art',  Artlovers Australia, February.

2016   ‘When the Broken Pieces Become the Gift’ – CW Magazine Aust/NZ Summer 

2015   ‘CAPTURING THE NATURAL WORLD’ by Olivia Alexander- Jan

2012   ‘EVERYTHING IS ART’ MAGAZINE – Aug

2011  'INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY MASTERS' VOL IV published - Jan 

2010   AUSTRALIAN ART COLLECTOR’ Magazine Oct-Dec 

2009   ARTIST’S PALETTE’ magazine, Dec Issue 69 and Jan , Issue 70

2007-08 ‘AUSTRALIAN ARTIST’ magazine, September and April

 

​TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2019   PAINTING TO MUSIC – Creative Hearts Art Gallery.

           ABSTRACT LANDSCAPES – Creative Hearts Art Gallery Workshop, Gold Coast AU

2018   DISCOVER MIXED MEDIA- Studio Workshop, Brisbane Australia

2016   PURPLE RIBBON WORKSHOPS,- Wollongong Australia. Mixed Media Techniques for all levels.

          CARERS ACT, Support for carers of the terminally ill. Kiama, Paint to Music Art Class.

2015   PRIVATE CHILDREN’S ART CLASSES: 5-10 years old- Chinese Community, Wollongong Feb

2014   WEST STREET WOMEN’S CENTRE: Wollongong City Council, Drawing Workshops

2012   MIXED MEDIA WORKSHOP: Old Courthouse, Wollongong

2011   ARTSPACE: Illawarra Children’s Services, Corrimal,

2010   WEST STREET WOMEN’S CENTRE:  Wollongong City Council,

2007   PAWS IN THE PARK:  Wodonga City Council, children’s art class assistant.

          CHILDREN’S FAIR:  Wodonga City Council

          CEC WODONGA: Acrylic Painting Adult Classes,

2006   School of the 3rd Age Albury- Drawing - Adult classes, Temp position.

Olivia at her Paris exhibition

Above; My two-women exhibition, 'Oceans of Oz'  in Paris with artist friend, Ann Dunbar , Dec. 2015