Alison Englefield

Outdoor StudioAbout the Artist

Alison Englefield is an Anglo-Scot, living in Derbyshire, painting and writing as she has done from an early age:
“I try to bring together history and words into images that speak out from the past.

Recently I inherited the family tin of photographs and I used these to tell the stories hidden behind a pair of staring eyes or a stiff corset, with both research and imagination.   I like to think I am "honouring the ancestors”.

I have handmade a book of my poems illustrated with these pictures called "OUT OF THE TIN".

Alison worked in Textiles for about 10 years, having trained as a designer in printed textiles in the Midlands.  After 2 children, she set up her first studio and developed her own artwork, exhibiting across the country as the years progressed, firstly with poured paper pulp images, then specialising in textured canvasses about the archaeology and history of a place.

She was co-founder of “Circles” with Clare Calder-Marshall which encouraged Art and Crafts for everyone, whatever the age.  They created workshops mainly for the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff, but also in libraries, museums , art galleries etc., in South Wales and neighbouring counties of England.
Clare and Alison went on to run the very successful “Crooked House Gallery” in Lavenham, Suffolk, for 9 years.

Alongside her paintings, she has also developed her love for the written word, particularly poetry and published her small book “Tales from a Walk” in 2012. 

Words have entered her artwork, first creeping into the “Victorian Inspired” collages and then more directly in the “Headings” series of prints, where the character’s thoughts form story-bubbles over their heads. and more recently, in some of her painting/collage work, based on 18th and 19th century slate carvings.


More information about Alison can be found on her facebook page: Alison Englefield Artist