Alison Lowe (Platt) is a representational artist who looks at all of her work as an exploration of both process and emotion. Her energy and charisma towards the creative process is at the heart of her art. Alison grew up in Livingston, New Jersey and attended the George Washington University where she was a dual major of Fine Art and Art History. After graduation she moved out to California and spent 10 years engrossed in Plein-Air painting as well as American Impressionism. Her portrayal of the land and sea are infused with bold shapes, strong colors and light/dark relationships. Alison feels that nature reflects back to us the rhythms of life and reminds us all to tap into our own inherent rhythms. While the landscape derives from her traditional background, Alison’s interest in the female form stems from elements found in the Bay Area Figurative movement. She feels the female form is the ultimate vessel for all emotions we inhabit. With fluid lines and again strong light/dark relationships, Alison describes what is going on within all of us; whether it be joy, relaxation, turmoil, sadness, sensuality.
While her children were young, she decided to study with a contemporary artist whose studio was down the street. It was there where her artistic interest opened up to new subjects and new media. Her Mixed Media pieces seem nothing like her other artwork, yet are still infused with her personal interest in the human experience and energy. Favorite subjects include her children and their friends…she is able to capture the joy and wonderment of childhood. She prefers to use personal photos rather than drawing or painting in order to depict their speedy pace and carefree ways . Animals, nature, spirit and music are themes also represented and linked by combining inks, photos, pencils and collage.
Currently Alison has started sculpting in clay, and has been painting her new series of “TinyStills”, simple yet stunning floral set-ups.
She is currently represented by The Nest Gallery in Cambria, CA.
"I am constantly amazed at how each piece seems to "come together" and make sense. Learning to let go and trust my instincts feels like I am truly honoring myself. When I'm working directly from life, I not only paint what I see, but hope to describe the essence and feeling of that life force. When I am working in my studio, I get to play and experiment with color, shape and composition. I work in a variety of mediums and subject matter because it forces me to stay present and be spontaneous. I get lost in a sea of luscious color and shapes. It can be exciting, relaxing, and sometimes frustrating, but it makes me feel alive!"
Art, Community, Connection...
Alison has been dedicated to creating awareness of the value of art in daily life especially within her community. While her kids were young, she spent years coordinating the elementary school’s NPTA “Reflections” art event, including school-wide art shows, seen in a gallery type setting, where the kids who created the art, felt pride and others could truly appreciate. During this time she also taught kids privately in small group settings so they could build connections along with gaining confidence in their artistic expression. In 2013 Alison was accepted into the TAG Art Gallery in the Bergamot Station Arts Complex in Santa Monica. Along with having 3 solo shows, she also coordinated and curated their annual All-Member Show, and linked it with various local charities, once again with community in mind. In 2016 the All-Member Show reached a new height of awareness when collaborating with L.A. based Homeboy Industries, in a landmark show, tying the power and connection of art, healing and kinship.