The paintings of mixed media artist Alison Coulthurst have become highly sought after by art collectors around the world. Following her huge success in Australia where she resides, Alison has a growing list of gallery representation around the world.
Born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Alison studied fine arts and graphic design in Capetown and Durban in South Africa, before moving to England in the 1980s. By 1987, Alison was at the peak of her graphic design career whilst ensconced in a London advertising agency. She recalls, “It was an up-market agency with only a few accounts that each had lots of money, so I could do what I wanted.” It was this freedom to incorporate stylised illustrations in design briefs that became the precursor to her later paintings. In the early 1990s, Alison relocated to Sydney and established her own creative agency “Design Ali”, which specialised in creative corporate identity.
It was in 2001, however, that Alison began her career as a professional artist in the medium of painting. After completing a large number of commissions Alison has secured gallery representation in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, NZ, the UK, Italy and recently, the USA. All of her solo exhibitions have been highly successful. Well recognised art collectors have purchased Alison’s art leading to a number of exciting initiatives such as a solo exhibition held at Australian Fashion Week and selection as one of 39 artists around the world for a collaborative art initiative with Nobel Peace Prize Winner Nelson Mandela.