Young, female and tipped for the top.

– The Independent

 

Alice Instone’s art conjures up a figmental world, where the plot is ambiguous, a collaboration between viewer and artwork.  Her work consciously feeds our appetite for illusion, spectacle and meaning - lush phantasmagorical landscapes, dreamlike double exposure portraits, elaborate use of conceal, reveal and shifting planes, a magic caravan to transport you to a psychological underworld of ritual and catharsis, huge sparkling layered giclee prints reflecting her state of mind, enigmatic heads, enchanted mirrors, magical symbols.  

 
 

She reinterprets female apologues and archetypes and often utilises shared behaviours, emotions, associations and memories - from our to-do lists and shoes, to memories of our grandmothers - to hold a mirror to both our individual psyches and our collective unconscious.  Thousands of visitors contributed to-do lists to her installation for The Pram In The Hall in 2016, whilst visitors to her magic art caravan in 2018 were able to play cards with strangers and see their own story through the prism of Instone’s Deck of Archetypes (Playing Cards With My Grandmother).


 

Frequently collaborating with well-known public figures she uses personal narrative to highlight the similarities that bind us together and the infinite variety of human truth.  Her paintings express the conviction that painting and making marks on a surface can achieve an intensity of experience like no other medium and much of her work makes use of historical text and pictures as part of an enquiry into the potency of certain images, creating a totally immersive art that contains a sense of the past and the present.  

 

 
 

Instone has had solo projects with the United Nations, the British Houses of Parliament, the National Trust, the British Medical Association, No 10 Downing Street, the Royal Society of Arts and has worked with global organisations including Ernst and Young, Allen & Overy, Rothschild, Herbert Smith, Chanel and Oxfam.  She frequently exhibits in found or non commercial spaces that have a relationship with her work.  These include a former Soho brothel, the home of the writer Henry James, a refuge for destitute women and a museum housing the largest collection of historical footwear in the world. 

 

In 2016 Instone began an art residency at legendary Hollywood hotel The Chateau Marmont.  The paintings depicted classic Hollywood screen sirens and hypnagogic landscapes of LA, employing the language of cinema and inhabiting a world somewhere between film and reality. The accompanying book, Tell Me Everything You Saw And What You Think It Means, is a mental travelogue through a landscape of beautiful lies, an intimate portrait of a culture whose only reference point is itself. 

Instone has collaborated with musicians Annie Lennox, Beverley Knight, Alison Goldfrapp and Dame Evelyn Glennie, former first lady Cherie Blair, Secretary of State Baroness Scotland, scientist Professor Baroness Greenfield, actresses Helen McCrory, Sadie Frost and Emilia Fox, model Elle Macpherson, human rights campaigner Bianca Jagger, artist Sir Peter Blake, designers Bella Freud, Alice Temperley, Anya Hindmarch and Nicole Farhi, Lord Chief Justice Baron Woolf, talk show host Amanda de Cadanet and writer director Sir David Hare to name a tiny selection.

Described by The Observer as a casting director as well as a portraitist The Telegraph stated that she shows prominent women as they’ve never been seen before. 

 
 

Solo Exhibitions

 

2019
Tell Me Everything You Saw And What You Think It Means, multiple sites Los Angeles
The Deck of Archetypes, London 

2018
Playing Cards With My Grandmother, multiple sites London: Reuters Plaza Canary Wharf, River Walkway Tate Modern Bankside, Carnaby Street Soho  

2016
The Pram In The Hall, 1 Cathedral Street, London

2013
She Should Have Known Better, Lamb House Rye - National Trust owned home of Henry James 

2012
Because A Fire Was In My Head, Cob Gallery, London 

2010
The House of Fallen Women, The House of St Barnabas in Soho, London: Grade I listed former refuge for destitute women 

Alice Instone, Northampton Museum: home to the largest collection of historical footwear in the world 

Phantom of Delight, Archer Street Soho London: former brothel – collaboration with photographer Camilla Broadbent 

2009
Interview With A Shoe, BBB Gallery London 

Laura Bailey's Lucky Shoes, Chanel Head Office London 

2008
In History Anonymous Was A Woman, House of Commons, London 

– opened by The Right Honourable Theresa May MP
21 21st Century Women, Ernst & Young Headquarters London
– opened by Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws QC

2007
Phenomenal Women, Royal Society of Arts London 

 

 

Bibliography

Tell Me Everything You Saw And What You Think It Means (2019) - published by Did You See The Crocodile/Pallas Athene 

Playing Cards With My Grandmother (2018) - published by Did You See The Crocodile/Pallas Athene 

The Pram In The Hall (2016) - published by Did You See The Crocodile/Pallas Athene in 2018

She Should Have Known Better (2013) 

Because A Fire Was In My Head (2012) 

True British: Alice Temperley (2011) 

The House of Fallen Women (2010) 

Interview With A Shoe (2009) 

21 21st Century Women (2008) 

Salon du The catalogue (2009) 

Happy Birthday Peace (2008) 

 

 
 
 

Selection of previous sitters and collaborators:

 

Alice Temperley – Fashion Designer
Alison Goldfrapp - Musician & Producer
Amanda de Cadanet - Photographer and Chat Show Host Amanda Eliasch - Photographer, Artist and Film-Maker
Angela Conner FRBS - Sculptor
Ann Francke - CEO Chartered Management Institute
Anita Zabludowicz - Art Patron
Annie Lennox - Singer, Composer, Activist
Anya Hindmarch - Designer, Businesswoman
Avery Agnelli - Architect
Baron Woolf - former Chief of Justice
Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE - Author
Baroness Patricia Scotland QC - Minister of State for Justice Baroness Helena Kennedy QC - Barrister, Broadcaster, Author Bay Garnett - Stylist, Author, Editor
Bella Freud - Designer
Beth Colocci - Artist, Curator, Patron
Beverley Knight MBE - Singer, Songwriter, Producer
Bianca Jagger – Human Rights Activist
Caitlin Moran – Journalist and Writer
Cath Kidston MBE - Designer, Businesswoman, Author
Celia Walden - Journalist and Author
Chantal Joffe RA - Artist
Cherie Blair CBE QC - Barrister, Judge, CB Foundation for Women Claudia Winkleman - TV Presenter
Cilla Snowball CBE - Chairman of AMV BBDO
Dame Evelyn Glennie DBE - Percussionist
Dame Jacqueline Wilson DBE - Author & Children's Laureate Danielle Lineker - Actress & Model
Diana Henry - Cook and Writer
Dianne Thompson CBE - CEO Camelot Plc
Elle Macpherson - Model, Presenter, Actress, Businesswoman Emilia Fox - Actress
Emma Freud CBE – Actress, Writer, Producer, Dir of Red Nose Day Empress Stah - Performer
Fiona Banner - Artist
Fiona Bruce - Journalist & Broadcaster
Fleur Bothwick OBE - Dir Diversity & Inclusive Leadership E&Y
Georgie Hopton - Artist
Genevieve Garner – Fashion Ed of Libertine, Model
Grace Saunders – Author
Helen McCrory - Actress
Hilary Stafford-Clark - Journalist
India Knight – Author, Journalist, Sunday Times weekly column Indre Serpytyte - Artist
Jilly Cooper OBE - Novelist
Jo Wood – Founder Jo Wood Organics, Model, prev m. Ronnie Wood Joanna Berryman – Interior Designer


Jodie Harsh - DJ and Drag Queen
Joe Corre - Founder Agent Provocateur
Kathryn Blair – Barrister
Kathryn Nawrockyi - Gender Equality Director Prince’s Trust
Kathy Lette - Author
Lara Bohinc – Designer
Laura Bailey – Model, Writer and Muse
Lisa Gunning - Film Editor, Director & Writer
Lisa Moran Parker – Film Producer
Lisa Unwin - Founder of She’s Back
Liz Gilmore - Dir Jerwood Hastings Art Museum
Lola Lennox – Musician
Lorraine Candy – Editor of Elle
Lucy McIntyre - Documentary Maker
Lucy Yeomans - former Ed of Harpers Bazaar now Net A Porter
Lynne Franks - PR Guru
Lynne Page - Choreographer
Marisa Drew - Banker
Marta Nowicka - Interior Architect
Nazy Vassegh - CEO Masterpiece
Nicole Farhi - Fashion Designer
Pat Cash - Tennis Player
Patti Boyd – Photog, 60s model, m. George Harrison & Eric Clapton Pinky Lilani OBE - Entrepreneur & Speaker
Professor Baroness Susan Greenfield - Scientist & Broadcaster Professor Parveen Kumar CBE - Leading figure world of medicine Rabbi The Rt Hon The Baroness Neuberger DBE
Revd Dr Fiona Stewart-Darling - Bishops Chaplain in Docklands Sadie Frost - Actress, Producer, Designer
Sally Williams - Public Art Consultant
Sam Taylor - Editor of The Lady
Sarah Doukas - Founder of Storm
Sarah Shotton – Creative Dir Agent Provocateur
Shami Chakrabarti – Dir Liberty (human rights), Broadcaster
Sir David Hare - Playwright and Screenwriter
Sir Peter Blake - Artist
Sue Crewe - Editor of House & Garden
Susan Daniels OBE - CEO of National Deaf Children’s Society
Susie Cave/Bick - Model, Actress, Designer Synthia Griffin - Curator Tate Modern Terry and Liz de Havilland - Shoe Designers The Broken Hearts - DJs
Thomasina Miers - Cook, Writer, Presenter Val Gooding CBE - CEO BUPA
Vanessa Branson - Art Patron
Victoria Miro - Gallerist

 
 

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