Artist Statement, CV and Bio
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.
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 silver, 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 developed 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.
Above: Kiama Art Exhibition, Awarded 4th Overall, 2010
Paris 2014, Awarded by International French Academy of Merit, Silver Medal Diploma.
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
2022 Silver Medal Diploma, Société Arts, Sciences,Lettres.- Paris
Palm Art Award Nominee, Germany
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 Arts, Sciences, Lettres.- Paris
Feast, Pray, Love Art Prize – Finalist -Melbourne
2012 Diplôme de Médaille de Bronze- Société 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
2022 I Am Ocean, Small Works Gallery, 18-24 Nov. Murwillumbah NSW Australia
The Gilded Sea, 3D online Gallery exhibition, 26 May - 28 July, International
Summer Studio Exhibition, Avalon Resort, Mar -April Gold Coast Australia
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
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.
2021 Artsy Shark Artful Gift Guide 2021, One of 10 international artisans,
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
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
Society of Arts-Sciences-Letters - Paris
Copyright Agency/Viscopy - Australia
Trevisan International Art- Italy
Flying Arts Alliance Inc. Queensland
Home of the Arts HOTA, Gold Coast, Australia
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
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.
Above; My two-women exhibition, 'Oceans of Oz' in Paris with artist friend, Ann Dunbar , Dec. 2015