About

Alison Mitchell is a visual artist based in regional South Australia.

 She creates in a broad range of materials - watercolour, oils and sculpture, but is consistent throughout in working directly from life.

"It is usually some visual nuance that entices me to paint, a particular combination of colour, of light, or an unusual tonal contrast.  It is the roundness and sheen of fruit, the compositional possibilities of a landscape or a particular twist or angle in a model's body.  It is seeing the world anew, with fresh eyes."

Alison graduated from the University of Adelaide with a first class honours in Anthropology and this, along with studies in Asian art and decades of life drawing, informs her practice.

She lives with her husband, artist Robert Hannaford on their property near Riverton in the mid north of SA and it is often the fruit and produce of their garden that becomes subject matter along with regular 'en plein air' painting trips.

She has been a finalist in a number of national art awards including the Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Prize, The EMSLA - Eutick Memorial National still life Award, the Doug Moran Portrait Prize, the Heysen Landscape Prize, the Fleurieu Landscape Prize and the Fleurieu Food and Wine Art Prize and exhibits regularly in and around Adelaide.

Born - Malaysia 
Resides -  Near Riverton  South Australia
Formative years - Mount Gambier and Norton Summit
Attended - University of Adelaide 

 

  SELECTED EXHIBITIONS - AWARDS

2017

Eutick Memorial National Still Life Art Award - Project Contemporary Art Space, Wollongong NSW- Selected Finalist

Adelaide Hills Art Prize - Hahndorf Academy - Selected Finalist

Tatiara Art Prize - Walkway Gallery Bordertown - Selected Finalist

Kennedy Art Prize Adelaide- Selected Finalist

Whyalla Art Prize - Middleback Arts Centre - Selected Finalist

Barossa - Cook - Barossa Regional Gallery - Second Prize

2016

MENAGERIE - HILL SMITH GALLERY  Group Exhibition

PORTIA GEACH MEMORIAL PORTRAIT PRIZE - Selected Finalist 

HEYSEN PRIZE - LANDSCAPE  Selected Finalist

Solo Exhibition SALA "The Scenic Route" Scenic Hotel Norton Summit

Solo Exhibition SALA "More Gardener's Folly" Diggers, Adelaide Botanic Garden

 LETHBRIDGE 10 000 Brisbane - SELECTED FINALIST

FLEURIEU FOOD & WINE ART PRIZE - SELECTED FINALIST -  3 entries accepted, 3 high commendations

2015

DOUG MORAN NATIONAL PORTRAIT PRIZE 2015 - SEMI FINALIST

PORTIA GEACH MEMORIAL AWARD 2015  S H Ervin Gallery SELECTED FINALIST

THE ADVERTISER SALA FEATURED ARTIST EXHIBITION - The Advertiser Building, Adelaide

Guest Artist - Blinman - Flinders Ranges Brush with Art Festival 2015

SALA 2015 - 'By the Way' Exhibition with Robert Hannaford

 2015  SOLO EXHIBITION - SIGNAL POINT REGIONAL GALLERY GOOLWA SA

2015 'EMBODY' - Annabelle Collette curated group show SIGNAL POINT GALLERY GOOLWA

Adelaide Fringe -DIGGERS Garden Shop- Adelaide Botanic Garden   FEB 2015

2014

 WINNER BURRA ART PRIZE - ART OF THE GARDEN 2014

WINNER PEOPLE'S CHOICE - BURRA ART PRIZE 2014

SALA 2014 DIGGERS GARDEN EXHIBITION - ADELAIDE BOTANIC GARDEN

2013

 FLEURIEU ART PRIZE 2013 - SELECTED FINALIST

2013 - 'On the Shelf" - Exhibition at Waikerie Rain Moth Gallery

2013 - 'On the Shelf' - Exhibition at Berri Regional Gallery

May - July 2013   RIVERTON LIGHT GALLERY  Solo Exhibition

2013   March -  April    Burra Regional Art Gallery - 'On the Shelf' 

2012

2012  SALA exhibition at Riverton Light Gallery with local Riverton Artists

SELECTED FINALIST -   NORA HEYSEN STILL LIFE ART COMPETITION 2011  - judges commendation

SELECTED FINALIST - FLEURIEU ART PRIZE – 2011

‘Harvest ll exhibition  -  Flinders Medical Centre Gallery 2011

‘Harvest’  SALA exhibition at Riverton Light Gallery with Samone Turnbull 2011

Selection Judge – WATERHOUSE NATURAL HISTORY ART PRIZE 2011

2010

Solo Exhibition at KENSINGTON GALLERY Adelaide 2010

Exhibiton SALARiverton Light Gallery with Robert Hannaford, Hugo Shaw and Geoff Wilson 2010

Various Exhibitions 1997 – 2009 including Greenhill Galleries Adelaide and the David Jones Flower Show