Alison Pullen is known for her compelling paintings of opulent interiors. Her exhibition ‘In Situ’ will feature paintings of historic locations around Oxford. Alison has worked at Blenheim Palace, the Ashmolean Museum, the Sheldonian Theatre and Oxford University Botanic Garden.
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Thanks to special permissions granted by custodial staff, artist Alison Pullen is able to access intriguing, sometimes hidden away spaces in Oxford’s ancient colleges and chapels in order to make her paintings, set to be exhibited in May at Sarah Wiseman Gallery. Setting up her equipment amongst antiquities, each painting is completed entirely on location; Alison doesn’t work in a studio. ‘The staff at these locations have been very kind and trusting, particularly in allowing me to use wet media,’ she says. From the spectacular Blenheim Palace, to the tiny Bartlemas Chapel, a supposed former medieval leper colony, the paintings are a unique opportunity to glimpse historic Oxford that’s often kept behind closed doors - offering an artist's eye view. Other selected locations include the Oxford University Botanic Garden, the world famous Sheldonian Theatre, Ashmolean Museum and Rhodes House. Using collage, Alison begins each painting by flipping through hundreds of pages of interior magazines in search of images to use as a background, on top of which she will paint the scene in front of her. ‘I love collage because in using it you already have something that needs changing,’ she explains. ‘I use whole scenes which are a reference to another place or space. I am in control of the process and yet, not.’ The acclaimed artist is best known for her compelling paintings of opulent interiors – Osterley Park House, Royal Hospital Chelsea and Oxford’s Christchurch College are among the auspicious locations settings for her work. She has also painted at Buckingham palace, making a series of work inspired by the Throne Room, which has been acquired for The Royal Collection