About

ALICE CESCATTI 

ARTISTS STATEMENT

Alice Cescatti grew up in New Zealand.From an early age she became fascinated by the interaction between the dramatic landscapes and the intense light of the South Pacific. She appreciated the remoteness of the land she was born in and its quality of uninterrupted and uninhabited space.

She studied in New Zealand under the tutorship of renowned artists such as Doris Lusk, Glenn Bush and Quentin McFarlane and subsequently settled in London where she studied Interior Design and completed a 4-year Apprenticeship with Rupert Bevan in Restoration of Gilded & Painted Furniture. She then devoted several years to teaching painting and gilding techniques in Vietnam for a prestigious international furniture company while working as a freelance gilder in Europe.

Alice had her first solo exhibition of gilded paintings in 2004 at the Galerie Christian Siret, Palais Royal, Paris. Her unique technique involves a rarely seen water-gilding process with which Alice has mastered different ways of describing light.

Alice’s water-gilding process is more complex than oil gilding, building up many layers of sanded gesso and clay on wooden panels. This is followed by floating individual silver or gold leaves onto the clay surface using a specialist method dating back to Egyptian tomb paintings and reliefs from the 23rd century BC, some of the earliest evidence of gold being beaten into leaf. The gold or silver leaf surface is then hand burnished with an agate stone to enhance the quality of the metal as a light source.

On arriving in the United Kingdom Alice instinctively gravitated towards locations that combine a sense of wilderness with intense light and colour for example the coastal areas around Southern England and Norfolk. She has also found inspiration in the landscapes of Flanders and the South of France.

The symbolism of Alice’s works, often depicting small boats and buildings or icons such as Tibetan prayer flags within huge skies and deserted landscapes, touches us with the feeling that nature is not overwhelming but that we all coexist in wholeness, whatever the scale. Her personal vision of the inherent harmony of humanity’s relationship with nature despite its dilemmas, which has has always fascinated her, is conveyed through her clear and incisive imagination.

BIOG

  • Born New Zealand. Resides in UK (from 1985)
  • Fine Arts , Ilam, Christchurch, New Zealand 1980, 1981
  • Interior Design Consultant, General Trading Company. New Zealand 1982-85
  • Diploma of Interior Design, London School of Distributive Trade, 1992
  • Trainee Gilder for Clare Mosley Gilding , London 1992-94
  • Trainee Gilder for Sainthill Frames , Haarlem, The Netherlands, 1994
  • Apprentice Gilder for Rupert Bevan Restoration 1994-1996
  • Gilder/ Teacher for Julian Chichester Design London,Vietnam 1996-2001
  • Freelance ,Gilder 1996-2004
  • Full Time Artist 2004-2018

Commissions include:

  • Sultan of Brunei
  • Curator of Sculpture, The Louvre, Paris
  • Alberto Pinto Agency, Paris
  • Claridge’s and the Grosvenor House Hotel, London
  • Director of Cartier, Paris

 

Solo Exhibitions:

  • Galerie Christian Siret, Palais Royal,Paris 2004
  • Ingo Fincke Gallery, London, 2008-2018
  • Modern Artists Gallery, Berkshire, England, June 2016, 2018
  • Paragon Gallery, Cheltenham, England 2017

 

Group Shows include:

  • Cambridge Contemporary Art Gallery, England, 2009-11
  • Westbank Gallery, Notting Hill, London 2012,2013
  • Ingo Fincke Gallery, London 2008-2018
  • Surface Art, London. 2011-18
  • The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London, 2008-2018
  • Modern Artists Gallery, Berkshire, 2011-2018 (with Stuart Buchanan), 2016,
  • Byard Art, Cambridge, 2016, 2018
  • Trevisan International Art, Galerie de Marchi, Bologna, Italy 2016
  • Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, Chelsea, New York, 2016
  • Galerie Annee, Haarlem , The Netherlands with Peter de Graaff and Ralf Weber, 2017,
  • Biennale d’Arte Peschiera del Garda, Italy, 2017
  • Biennale Barcelona in the Museum of European Art 2017
  • Sale del Bramante, Piazza del Bramante, Rome, Italy, 2017
  • Summer Small Fine Art, Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, Pall Mall London, 2017
  • InArte Werkkunst Gallery, Berlin 2017
  • Milan International Art Award, Theatre Dal Verme, Milan 2017
  • ‘Complete Abstraction’, 508 Gallery, Kings Road, Chelsea, London, 2017
  • ‘Origins’, with Laura Fishman, 508 Gallery, Kings Road, Chelsea, London, 2017
  • Biennial of Contemporary Art, Diocesan Museum Francesco Gonzaga, Mantova, Italy, 2017
  • Affordable Art Fair, Amsterdam, Galerie Annee, Harlem, The Netherlands, 2017
  • Affordable Art Fair Edinburgh, Paragon Gallery, 2017
  • Shortlisted for The Royal Arts Prize Exhibition, La Galleria, Pall Mall, London 2018
  • Exhibition Galerie Annee, Haarlem with Renee Marcus Janssen, Toine Moerbeek, and Lon Buttstedt, 2018

Awards

  • International Prize Dante Alighieri, Peschiara del Garda, Italy 2017
  • International Award, Francisco Goya, Grand Theatre del Liceu, Barcelona, Spain 2017
  • Carravagio Award, Rome, 2017
  • Milan International Art Award with Vittorio Sgarbi, Marco Travaglio, Mona Ovadia,, 2017
  • Winner, People’s Choice Award with Sculptor Wendy Freestone, Royal Arts Prize, 2018

 

Teaching

  • 1997 – 1999 Julian Chichester Design, Vietnam