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Alexandra Gallagher

Born: Bury
Lives and works: Blackburn
Exhibitions: IN:SIGHT (2018), Rise Art (2017), Manchester Buy Art Fair (2015), Saatchi (2013)
“Drawing upon symbolism from different cultures, I form something beautiful from an idea rooted in a darker place.”

Celebrating the surreal and the sublime, Alexandra’s work hovers between the realms of memory, dreams and experience. Conjured in the digital sphere, her fairy tale paintings are a curious mixture of nature and modern technology.

Inspiration

Shunning a traditional sketchbook in favour of Photoshop, Alexandra sketches out ideas – and sometimes even the final piece – on a computer. Her botanical artworks are brought to life using oil paint and are completely organic, with the Blackburn-based artist never knowing how each piece will transform.

Viewers may recognise a homage to the Old Masters in the low-brow surrealist pieces, illustrating Alexandra’s eclectic style. Her work fuses themes of street art, collages and photography to express motifs of female empowerment.

Alexandra says: “Each piece explores femininity and sexuality and their confinement in modern-day society. Drawing upon symbolism from different cultures, I form something beautiful from an idea rooted in a darker place.”

 

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