What is there to not adore about Alison Read? She is a remarkable artist who specialises in hand-made original prints using linocut, screen printing, woodcut and etching. These are sold at Heart Gallery as prints and as greetings cards … little mini pieces of artwork that can be framed.
She herself in character is the swiftness of a Squirrel, the grace of a Swan, the humour of a Scrat Cat playing a Piano down an alleyway wearing a top hat… She is charismatic both visually and emotionally. Her prints are full of circus hilarity, fun, humour, possibility and above all else, sophisticated , jolly characters, all mainly 4 legged creatures… many an Ostrich wearing a feather boa…
We have been selling Alison Read’s artwork since the very first day of opening Heart Gallery, nearly 14 years ago, and as a ‘Wellbeing’ Art Collector, I have been investing slowly in Alison’s work over the years.
It is no wonder I have a print of ‘Bella’ as this is an absolute blueprint of my dog Daisy.
The print ‘It’s A Mouse’ is my favourite, makes me smile at their mischief and reminds me that ‘life is more fun if you play games’, a Roald Dahl quote. Both are quirky reminders to smile.
Beautiful Fox depicts Alison’s earlier work, there are deeper impressions in the body of her work and a more noticeable native rather than characteristic awareness in the animals she printed around this time.
One of the intimate rewards of selling independent artwork is that you nurture a true relationship with the body of work and more than often with the artist themselves. A relationship defined by the Artist and their Artwork, both developing and expressing a language through art of their journeys.
So, I welcome you into my small however perfect collection of Alison Read.