If we think of collage as a language of disparate, often delicate elements coming together in taut and balanced interactions, then Alice Peillon has achieved over time no small degree of mastery of its vocabulary and grammar. And if we can agree that a language at its most effective can express both the banal and the profound in a single breath, then we can see evidence in Alice’s work of the artist making the same demands of her medium; collage.

Whilst not precisely minimal, Alice’s collages do manage to express a certain expansiveness which hints at things unsaid within the measurements of the surface. This sense of a sparsely occupied space is all the more surprising on such a small scale. Alice’s experience as a painter contributes to the life of these works. Where paint or ink has been applied in her collages it is like the hint of a larger gesture - one which we can imagine continuing beyond the edges of the artwork. Painted marks are so reduced in these works that, where they appear, brushstrokes could be thought of as potential rather than fully formed. Pigment holds a subtle but powerful presence over these delicate surfaces, like the implied consequence of an unrealized act.

Through her unhurried experiments with paper, ink, fragments of photographic images, and painted gestures Alice is adding to the depth of findings by other exponents of the medium, artists such as Anne Ryan and Lyubov Popova.

Text by Robbie O’Halloran

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Alice Peillon:


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:


East London Painting Prize, London

ART/Converters!, Studio 1.1 London


On Site, Unit 3 Projects, London


Water Cure, Pie Factory, Margate


Candy Mountains, Arbeit, London

BAT Pack II, Mile End Art Pavilion, London

Drawn Together, Jeannie Avent Gallery, London


A Night - there lay the Days between, 242 Gallery, London

Summer Exhibition 2010, Rua Red, Dublin

Artsdepot Open 2010, Artsdepot, London

Features IV, Fowle Hall, Kent

BAT Pack - Bow Arts Trust Live/Work Show 2010, Mile End Art Pavilion, London

Worcester Open 2010, Contemporary Art, PITT Gallery, Worcester


Open Submission, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Co.Laois, Ireland

P1 Exhibition, Bow Arts Trust, London


Confessions of a Tiger, Brick Lane Gallery, London

Eigse Open Selection, Carlow Arts Festival, Ireland

Unnatural Histories, The Nunnery, Bow Arts Trust, London

Lunacy (on the Leap Year), Red Velvet Curtain Club, Whitechapel Gallery, London


Thirty Two Thousand Years Later: Painting at Pallas Contemporary Projects, Dublin


7 Irish Artists, Loads of Fun Studios, Baltimore, USA

Halcyon Days, Tannery Arts, London

The Nationwide Mercury Prize Art Exhibition 2006, The Gallery at The Hospital, London

House Show, 211 Richmond Road, London


Wellworth Studios Exhibition, London

Something Above the Sofa, Rubicon Gallery, Dublin

The 174th Annual Exhibition, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin


50/50, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin

Flix, Rubicon Gallery, Dublin

Group Show, Sligo Art Gallery, Co.Sligo, Ireland

Summer Exhibition, Lead White Gallery, Dublin.

The 173rd Annual Exhibition, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin


Six – New Irish Painting, Orchard Gallery, Derry, Northern Ireland.

Painted, Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co.Mayo, Ireland.

The 172nd Annual Exhibition, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin


Quadrant 2001 – The Young Contemporaries, LSAD, Limerick, Ireland.

Group Six, Rubicon Gallery, Dublin. 

EV+A, Limerick City Hall, Co.Limerick, Ireland

Awards / Residencies:

2014 Longlisted for Paint Like You Mean It exhibition

2010 Winner, Rua Red Artist Award

2008 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)


Office of Public Works, Dublin

Axa Collection of Irish Art

Ernst & Young (London)

Private Collections