Alice Peillon: Naturally abstract
To the uninitiated, looking at abstract art can be bewildering. The temptation is to search for meaning and representation without knowing if it is ‘supposed’ to be there – whatever that may mean. 
What I find intriguing about Alice’s art is the way it appears (to me at least) to tread a delicate line between abstraction and representation. It is possible to see her images as a harmonious balance of colour and shape, without reference to the world beyond the canvas. Fluid II might remind us of flowers in a vase, but it is also satisfying just as fluid circles and lines echoing each other and reaching an apex in the encounter between two rectangular solids. 
Look at these pictures another way, though, and natural shapes seem to emerge: sun, petals, waves, pebbles. A painting like ‘Plume II’ could show the overlapping scales of a beautiful dinosaur: or are they feathers, as the title implies? ‘Lucent 9’ suggests a sunset or moonrise: a pale orb in front of a shadowy pink mass, with swaying fronds – of plant or animal? – floating in the foreground. Even without the cue provided by its title, ‘Forecast’ would conjure up the menace of a storm with its powerful flashes of cream, blue and black. Works like ‘Harsh Sound’, and ‘Staccato’, remind us that paintings don’t have to represent visible things, but can echo other sensory experiences – or be an end in themselves. Sometimes it’s just as rewarding to soak up a feast of colour and shape – like the blazing orange and warm rose of ‘Untitled’. 
- Nicola Doherty, Novelist
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Alice Peillon:


Education:
2006 MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London
2005 Post-Graduate Diploma Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London
2000 BA Fine Art Painting, National College of Art and Design, Dublin


Solo Exhibitions:
2013 Myriad, studio 1.1, London
2011 Constellation, Rua Red, Dublin
2003 Draíocht, Blanchardstown, Dublin, Ireland

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2014
East London Painting Prize, London
ART/Converters!, Studio 1.1 London

2013
On Site, Unit 3 Projects, London

2012
Water Cure, Pie Factory, Margate
Curated by Gwen Ramsay

2011
Candy Mountains, Arbeit, London
BAT Pack II, Mile End Art Pavilion, London
Drawn Together, Jeannie Avent Gallery, London
Curated by Gwen Ramsay

2010 
A Night - there lay the Days between, 242 Gallery, London
Participating artists: Michele Fletcher, Linda Lencovic, Alice Peillon, Gwen Ramsay
Summer Exhibition 2010, Rua Red, Dublin
Artsdepot Open 2010, Artsdepot, London

Features IV, Fowle Hall, Kent
Curated by Anika Carpenter and Ellie Howitt
BAT Pack - Bow Arts Trust Live/Work Show 2010, Mile End Art Pavilion, London
Worcester Open 2010, Contemporary Art, PITT Gallery, Worcester


2009 
Open Submission, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Co.Laois, Ireland
Curated by Martin Gale
P1 Exhibition, Bow Arts Trust, London

2008 
Confessions of a Tiger, Brick Lane Gallery, London
Curated by Hugh McCarthy. 
Participating artists: Sheila Rennick, Nevan Lahart, Cara Thorpe, Lizzie Kinsella, Mark Cullen, Gillian Lawler, Jonathan Mayhew, Ben Readman, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Alice Peillon, Hugh McCarthy, Robert Armstrong
Eigse Open Selection, Carlow Arts Festival, Ireland
Unnatural Histories, The Nunnery, Bow Arts Trust, London
Curated by Myriam Blundell. 
Participating artists: Kim Baker, Mick Bateman, G.Roland Biermann, Don Clarke, Robin Dixon, Natuka Honrubia, Mandy Hudson, Becky Hunt, Mark Maxwell, Erin Newell, Ki June Park, Alice Peillon, Albert Potrony, Junghee Roh, Gabriel Tejada, Jill Townsley, Laura White, Samuel Wood

Lunacy (on the Leap Year), Red Velvet Curtain Club, Whitechapel Gallery, London
Curated by Lili Spain and Sarah Grainger-Jones. 

2007 
Thirty Two Thousand Years Later: Painting at Pallas Contemporary Projects, Dublin
Participating artists: Michael Canning, Clare Cashman, Brendan Flaherty, Beth O’Halloran, Cormac Healey, Nevan Lahart, Gillian Lawler, Colin Martin, Siobhan McDonald, Ross McDonnell, Hugh McCarthy, Paul McKinley, Carly McNulty, Tadhg McSweeney, Madeline Moore, Alice Peillon, Ann Quinn, Sheila Rennick, Sonia Shiel, Leda Scully, Mark Swords and Keith Wilson

2006 
7 Irish Artists, Loads of Fun Studios, Baltimore, USA
Curated by Bart O’Reilly. 
Participating artists: Laura Buckley, Nevan Lahart, Tadhg McSweeney, Bart O’Reilly, Alice Peillon, Cóilín Rush
Halcyon Days, Tannery Arts, London
The Nationwide Mercury Prize Art Exhibition 2006, The Gallery at The Hospital, London

House Show, 211 Richmond Road, London
Curated by Laura Buckley. 
Participating artists: Laura Buckley, Andy Jackson, Dean Kenning, Ursula Mayer, Laura Morrison, Alice Peillon, Josephine Wood.


2004 
Wellworth Studios Exhibition, London
Something Above the Sofa, Rubicon Gallery, Dublin
The 174th Annual Exhibition, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin

2003
50/50, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin
Flix, Rubicon Gallery, Dublin

Group Show, Sligo Art Gallery, Co.Sligo, Ireland
Curated by Laura Buckley and Alice Peillon
Participating artists: Laura Buckley, Tadhg McSweeney, Robbie O’Halloran, Bart O’Reilly, Alice Peillon, Cóilín Rush
Summer Exhibition, Lead White Gallery, Dublin. 
Participating artists: Anne Marie Bridges, John Philip Murray, Louisa Sloan, Helen O’Leary, Jim Kavanagh, Paula Corcoran, Beth O’Halloran, Christian Vetter, Alice Peillon, Alan Keane, Peter Monaghan, Pat MacAllister, Robbie O’Halloran, Laura Buckley, Christophe Newmann
The 173rd Annual Exhibition, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin

2002
Six – New Irish Painting, Orchard Gallery, Derry, Northern Ireland. 
Curated by Laura Buckley and Alice Peillon
Participating artists: Laura Buckley, Tadhg McSweeney, Robbie O’Halloran, Bart O’Reilly, Alice Peillon, Cóilín Rush
Painted, Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co.Mayo, Ireland. 
Curated by Laura Buckley and Alice Peillon
Participating artists: Laura Buckley, Tadhg McSweeney, Robbie O’Halloran, Bart O’Reilly, Alice Peillon, Cóilín Rush
The 172nd Annual Exhibition, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin

2001 
Quadrant 2001 – The Young Contemporaries, LSAD, Limerick, Ireland. 
Selected by Sean Taylor
Group Six, Rubicon Gallery, Dublin. 
Curated by Laura Buckley and Alice Peillon
Participating artists: Laura Buckley, Tadhg McSweeney, Robbie O’Halloran, Bart O’Reilly, Alice Peillon, Cóilín Rush
EV+A, Limerick City Hall, Co.Limerick, Ireland
Selected by Salah M. Hassan


Awards / Residencies:
2014 Longlisted for Paint Like You Mean It exhibition
2010 Winner, Rua Red Artist Award

2008 - present Bow Arts Trust Live/Work Scheme
2007 Shortlisted for Celeste Art Prize, London

2006 Finalist, The Nationwide Mercury Prize Art Exhibition 2006, London
2004 The Arts Council of Ireland, Professional Development and Training, Strand 1 Award
2002 Laedemoen Kunstnerverksteder (LVK)
 residency, Trondheim, Norway
Shortlisted for Hennessy Craig Scholarship, (RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin) 


Collections:
Office of Public Works, Dublin
Axa Collection of Irish Art
Ernst & Young (London) 
Private Collections