Gillian Allsop

I have been painting seriously for over twenty years but have always had an abiding interest in colour and texture throughout my life. My interest in colour and texture first started in embroidery then in fabrics and a textile designer and finally in paintings. Landscapes, abstracts, and abstracted landscapes are the main topics of my work. Abstracts more often develop from a selection of colours, a vague idea and through the process of mark making the finished image emerges. I constantly assess and evaluate what is occurring but let my compositions evolve and capitalize on unexpected happenings.

I paint mainly in acrylics as I find it is the most versatile medium for me, but I also work in both oil and pastel. I enjoy experimenting and looking at alternatives and combinations in mixing media and ways for painting.

I first trained in Britain where I completed a Diploma in Design and Colour, majoring in textile design. I was awarded two scholarships to further my research into woven design and was employed in various textile firms. Later in New Zealand I completed an honours Diploma in Art and Creativity from the Learning Connection. I have attended a number of workshops run by national and international tutors and gained a number of awards.

Recent works have been selected into various exhibitions in the Auckland, Manawatu, Central Hawkes Bay, Marlborough, Nelson, Dunedin, and Wellington regions. My works can be seen in the Artel Gallery in Otaki.



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