About Alice Gur-Arie
Alice Gur-Arie began her career as a conceptual copywriter, graphic designer, and creative director, eventually responsible for positioning global brands, and developing and executing their marketing and communication strategies. Several years ago she returned to her creative roots, publishing work that "sits in the sweet spot where fine art and photography converge."
Bringing her storytelling abilities into a visual realm, Gur-Arie overlays her textured, sensory world with a strong narrative. But it is the concept of "seeing" that is at the heart of her practice. Combining photography with digital painting, she invites the viewer to replace the window through which they see the world, with a lens that interprets the world into something that is at once familiar and foreign. Once engaged, she asks the viewer to question what they understand of this new reality, as well as how they feel about it.
Her work starts with photographs, taken in foreign locales. "Landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes and wildlife dominate my portfolio, but as there are no parameters to my interests there are no exclusions to subject matter." Pictures are spontaneous, and are neither planned nor staged. She comments, "This means I need to think on my feet in terms of composition, lighting, timing etc." In some cases, the mode of transport itself becomes a significant element of the finished image, producing aerials and underwater worlds.
Treating the photographs as a canvas, images are digitally "repainted" in layers with a "brush", until the desired result is achieved. Of her creative approach she says, "What is critical, is understanding that my work is not about digital manipulation or software, but about my vision, and my ability to transform the canvas into an aesthetically compelling, memorable, visual experience."
Ms. Gur-Arie achieved early recognition of her individual creative style with two series of works nominated for a Terry O’Neill Tag Photography Award. Subsequently, she was long listed for the Aesthetica Art Prize. In 2016 her work made CultureLabel's Top Ten Artworks List. A select portfolio appears on the invitation-only The Art Circus site, along with a feature interview. She is long listed for The Secret Art Prize.
Alice holds degrees in English literature, Education, and Business from York University in Toronto.
Exhibitions and Events
Ms. Gur-Arie has had 4 solo exhibitions, including Works from The Iceland Trilogy at the Embassy of Iceland in London, and Black, White and Red, in Nice, France.
Her work was auctioned at Christie’s London for A Positive View Foundation: Landmark - The Fields of Photography (William A. Ewing, curator). Recently, Curious Duke Gallery in London sponsored In Conversation with the Artist Alice Gur-Arie.
Awards and Recognition
Secret Art Prize (long listed) 2017
Top 10 Artworks CultureLabel.com 2016
Bridgeman Images Studio Award (short listed) 2016
Aesthetica Art Prize (long listed) 2014
Terry O'Neill Tag Photography Award 2012 (2 series nominated)
Royal Ontario Museum (winner), Toronto 1985 -> National competition to design the Smithsonian International Travelling Exhibition The Precious Legacy campaign
Commissions and Commercial Art
These include 5 commissions for Vollmer Cultural Consultants, New York, and private collectors in Canada, the US and Israel.
Alice has been a Bridgeman Images Studio Artist since 2015, and has been featured as Artist of the Month.
In addition to her practice, Ms. Gur-Arie is working on a book that will contain 12 of her short stories and 80 of her contemporary, fine art images.