A self-taught artist whose work is continuously evolving, Alison Rideout’s style is a mix of surrealism, expressionism, abstract and pop art. Initially Alison concentrated on photography, but by 2009 she had made the shift to oil and acrylic.
Involved in the art community since 2004, her art often embodies a childlike and playful quality. Her surrealist-inspired paintings transport the viewer into a dream-like vista, capturing peaceful emotional states that are bathed in turquoise and ultramarine. Alison’s pop art explores cultural trends and ideals and often has a more reflective undertone. Some work, done in oil and ink, reflect the concept of society and its relationship with nature and technology; a synergistic relationship that is increasingly more cyclically co-influenced and co-dependent of each another. Her newest 'Warrior Series' speaks to the strength within all of us.
Her artistic influences include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Leonora Carrington, Emily Carr, Wassily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Jean Miro, Aubrey Beardsley and Ad Reinhardt.
Alison is a firm believer in giving back to the community. From 2010-2013, she has donated art to the Canadian Mental Health Association in support of their fundraising efforts for their annual exhibition ‘Mindscapes’ which was displayed at Eastern Edge Gallery. From the summer of 2009 to 2011 Alison was involved with a group called Healing Expressions, which provides support and healing to individuals [living with mental health issues and addictions] with art therapy. On August 13th, 2010, she organized an event, ‘Artists for Africa’, in order to raise funds for the famine in the horn of Africa. With the help of about 25 other local artists and donations from concerned citizens, she raised over $6,000 during the event. Alison is currently working with the Iris Kirby shelter (for abused women and children) to create a new campaign which will coincide with the unveiling of the new extension of their building.
Alison has coordinated several independent art shows;
Muse on Hunters Moon (October 26th, 2008)
A Vision of Transition (April 9th, 2009)
Creative Intention (May 1, 2009)
Leave Your Mark ( November 1st, 2009).
She has also participated in several collaborative shows;
Numento ( May 1, 2007)
If you can’t laugh at yourself, I’ll do it for you (August 15, 2009 at Rogue Gallery),
Walking the Red Road (July 11, 2010)
A Brush of Wellness (May 16, 2011),
Mindscapes, CMHA –NL annual show at Rogue Gallery, Eastern Edge, (2010-13)
Raw Refrains (June 2016)
Pop Goes the Art Show (December 1-3 at The Neal Building)
We are all born as creators. Different mediums for different talents. The creating is the Divine the god/goddess in us all. Art is .