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About the Artist
"An authentic human being has the ability to make a profound impact on the imagination and wellbeing of others. Use your gifts wisely." Ali ©1999.
Australian artist, Alison Jane Rice, was born in Sydney with Balmoral as her early childhood playground. Her unbridled sense of play planted the fertile seeds for an independent aesthetic, clearly evident in her exhibition work and collectible Artist Edition picture books.
At 19 years of age, she founded Auro-Ali Imports which included a non profit component to assist in village education and the building of a village well near Pondicherry, India. The business sold in 1983.
In 1989, her nine year non profit EARTHBOOK Project began. It contained Earthlore: a national poetry competition urging youth to write about solutions for world peace. In 1994, Alison was awarded a World Health Organization Healthy Cities Award for contributions to Youth, Arts & Environment.
During this time, the artist gained her Bachelor and Masters degrees in Creative Arts from the University of Wollongong (1995) and slowly began to develop her ALIGHT program. A year later, her art performance event celebrating indigenous culture was held in Yiribana in the Art Gallery of New South Wales during Multicultural Week.
In 1999, The ALIGHT Journal was published by Alison and launched at the New Children's Hospital Westmead; proceeds benefiting its Adolescent Medicine Unit. Along with Peter Garrett's foreword to the book, the artist was inundated with inspiration from around the world. Including uplifting letters and contributions from Edmund Capon, Peter Gabriel, Diana Princess of Wales, Giorgio Armani, Robin Williams, Mandawuy Yunupingu, Desmond Tutu, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Sir David Attenborough, and His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
Between 1990 and 2006, Alison freelanced as an arts & environmental journalist, ran her ALIGHT (Arts Learning Inspiring Growth Healing & Tolerance) program and was contracted by the Government's Landcare & Environment Action program as a Communications Trainer responsible for literacy & arts development for challenged youth.
In 2008, after committing to a gruelling schedule developing her own visual arts practice, Alison began exhibiting her artwork in galleries around Australia. Award nominations followed with the artist gaining international recognition and overseas representation in New York.
Exhibitions and current works in progress are the result of Alison's experiences in the US, Europe, Asia and the wilderness regions of Australia. Inspired by natural beauty and ancient cultures, her intuitive approach to life illuminates the path she still follows: "I conduct my arts practice in my studio bordering the Blue Mountains wilderness. Drawing and Painting assist me in my exploration of Who I Am and Who I Am Becoming."
In 2011, Alison was recognised in the BUSINESS for PEACE Award. This global award, founded by the Business for Peace Foundation, Oslo Norway, recognises outstanding people who achieve success whilst acting in an ethically responsible way. She launched her first Artist Edition picture book, The Legend of Prince Farty Barty & His Sacred Bum Bum Tree that year and won the 2011/2012 Blue Mountains Business Award for Excellence in the Arts.
Highlights in 2014 included a letter from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Alison's watercolour of Prince George with Bilby and her Artist Edition of The Legend of Prince Farty Barty now reside in Kensington Palace. During the artist's highly successful National Trust exhibition featuring original illustrations, limited edition prints & her latest picture book, Arty Barty's Magic Paintbrush, Alison's Artist Edition sold out. Since October 2014 the Sir Stamford Circular Quay has sold and showcased Alison's collectible picture books and prints in a permanent display in their foyer.
Committed to her vision of “peace in our lifetime”, the artist continues to highlight the importance of authentic arts and conservation initiatives worldwide.
Approved Professional Membership and Industry Representation: - Botanical Art Society of Australia Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators International (SCWBI) Australian Society of Authors ASA/The Style File Childrens Book Council of Australia Copyright Agency Limited Australian Business Arts Foundation National Trust (NSW) National Association of Visual Arts (NAVA) Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne Unite for Wildlife *Alison-Jane is a Patron of the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre
*Indigenous Literacy Foundation *New Childrens Hospital Westmead *National Trust (NSW) *Bear Cottage *White Ribbon Foundation *South Katoomba Rural Fire Services *Blue Mountains Cancer Help *Manly Environment Centre *Blue Mountains Grammar School *Katoomba Public School
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Arnhem Flower. Painting by Alison Jane Rice 2009