Alison Wells is a Trinidadian painter who resides in New Bedford, MA. Her bold acrylic paintings and collages comprise a body of work that “discusses ideas of culture, identity and the vital role women play within our communities as pillars of strength. It is an exploration into group relationships and cultural bonds which transcend historic and geographic differences.”
After completing her BFA from the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica, Alison moved to Massachusetts in 2002 to pursue her MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. In an interview with Trinidad Express, Alison explains that while the surrounding environment, culture, and history are fundamental to her work, her artistic roots remain in Trinidad.
“My homeland is reflected in my work through the use of sometimes vivid colour combinations, the fluid application of paint dripping and melting in and out of the picture plane,” she said. “There is a lot of organic movement in my work that is reminiscent of my Caribbean background which is more organic than geometric in its landscape as well as the spirit and energy of the people.”
Since completing her MFA, Alison’s work has been exhibited all over the world, from New Bedford, to Port of Spain, Trinidad, and Shanghai. She is also an Adjunct Art Professor at Bristol Community College, teaches after-school programs in New Bedford to kids and teens, art therapy class for war Veterans, and private lessons at her home studio.
To read more about Alison and to view past work, visit her website.