About The Artist
Ali Cockrean exhibits nationally. Her work
appears in collections in Europe and Canada.
Born in 1962, Ali became an artist at the age of
15 when she began exhibiting and selling work.
While she is largely self-taught, Ali’s art
education includes formal tuition, most recently
at Central St Martins College of Art and Design
and Slade School of Fine Art.
“My inspiration to paint
always comes directly from within. It is the
emotion and mood that is generated by a specific
event; visual or auditory experience that forms
the essence of the work, rather than the event
or experience itself. Painting “feelings” is
always a challenge. I firmly believe that in
order to consistently produce fresh, innovative
and exciting work, artists must constantly
challenge their own boundaries and push
themselves beyond their comfort zones to
discover their true abilities and potential.
At the moment my
preoccupation is with exploring how colour, line
and form influence our reactions to familiar
places or objects. In particular, I am exploring
how far it is possible to abstract an image yet
still retain the essence of the original in the
mind’s eye. What happens when the form is
constant, but the colours change from those we
traditionally expect? And how does this affect
our mood or emotive response?
These themes are common to all my most recent