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Alice Sielle

Born and lives in London 

One Sunday lunchtime when I was 9 years old, my mother asked my uncle how long he was going to paint abstract for. After lunch I went upstairs to my oil paints in the attic to see if I could paint an abstract, and discovered I couldn’t. Ever since then I have been concerned with the formalities of picture making – balance, line, colour, tone, space, proportion and so on. 

I started painting full time in 1973 as an abstract painter, but now also do figurative work when the subject demands no ambiguity. 

Amongst the many painters who have influenced me are Barnet Newman, Duccio, Piero della Francesca, Ben Nicholson, my uncle, William Scott and John Craxton.

© Tom Hains


One Man Shows 

1974 Selwood Gallery, Frome 


1978 Cricklade College, Andover 


1980 General Trading company, London 


1981 Lowes Court Gallery, Egremont 


1982 Carlisle Museum and Art Gallery 


1983 Abbot’s Hall Gallery, Kendal 


1985 Mildred’s Wine Bar, London 


1986 St. Paul’s School, London 


1989 Half Moon Theatre, London 


Thumb Gallery, London 


1992 Austin/Desmond Gallery, London 


1994 Dead Horse I & Dead Horse II 


1995 Wodka Restaurant, London 


Lying Knave, Tredegar Square 


1996 Lying Knave II, Tredegar Square 


Dancing Sacrifice, Tredegar Square 


1997 Wodka Restaurant, London Exhibition for Shelter, Tredegar Square 


1997 The Divine Couple, Tredegar Square 


1998 Dog show, Tredegar Square 

Hidden Art, Tredegar Square 


2001 Suddenly Figurative, Tredegar Square 


2002 Stan, 13 monotypes at Baltic Restaurant, London 


2003 The Camouflage Stiletto, Tredegar Square 


2004 The Stations of the Cross, Globe Centre, London 


2005 The Stations of the Cross, St. Matthew’s Church, Westminster 


2005 Sex at a Price, 93 Gallery, London 


2006 Nicholson /Sielle , Tredegar Square 


2007 175 Small Blue Drawings, Tredegar Square 


2008 Flying Angels, Tredegar Square 


2008 Flying Angels, SE1 Gallery, London 


2009 The Big Bang and All That, Tredegar Square 


2010 Six Ravens and a Website, Tredegar Square 


2012 Works on Paper, Tredegar Square 


2013 Whist I'm Alive, Tredegar Sqaure 


2013 Snake, The Garden of Eden, NSHarts 


2014 Manush NSHarts 


2015 Nazrul/Blake Manush II NSHarts 


2015 Sea Monster, Tredegar Square 


2015 Brick Lane monotypes, Altab Ali. Kobi Nazrul Centre 


2016 Vrindavani Vastra, new lino prints, Tredegar Square 


2017 Platinus x acerifolia, the London plane tree, Brady Arts Centre 


2019-2020 Exhibitons of the portrait project , Tredegar Square

2021 One Creation Climate Crisis Concert

2021 30 Variations on a Theme

2021 Stations of the Cross Book Launch

2022 The Plane Papers Book

2023 The Framer's Daughter Workshop 353

2023 Photosynthesis 

2023 Timeline: 50 Years of Exhibiting 

Mixed Shows 

1973 Westward TV Open Art Exhibition 


1974 Pictures For Schools , National Museum of 


Wales, Cardiff 


1977 Tolly Cobbold Eastern Arts 


1978 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 


1981 Creative Cumbrian, Whitehaven Museum 


1983 Thumb Gallery, London 


1984 Austin/Desmond Fine Art, Ascot 


1st International Contemporary Art Fair, London 


1987 First Showings, Thumb Gallery, London 


1998 Hidden Art 


1999 Painting by Numbers, Brunel University 


2002 Animals, North house Gallery, Manningtree 


2005 Turn-up Prize, St. Paul’s Gallery, Bow 


2006 In Colour, 93 Gallery, London 


2007 Art Pavilion Summer Show, Mile End Park 


2008 Flying Angels Film, North Norfolk Music Festival, South Creake 


2010 Christmas Show, North House Gallery 


2012 10x10 Drawing The City London 


2012 The Piper Gallery New Possibilities: paintings from the Seventies 


2013 10x10 Drawing The City London 


2016 Altab Ali at the Brady Centre, London E1 


2016 Aviary at Transitions Gallery London E8 


2017 One Creation, first performance. St. Marylebone Parish Church 26.7.18 


2018 Hope not Hate, Brady Arts Centre 4-29 May 


2018 Naked:War 11.4.18-11.5.18 NSHarts 


2019 The Ruth Borchard Self Portrait exhibition


Southern Arts 


Northern Arts 


V&A Purchase Grant for Abbot Hall, Kendal 


Medical Research Unit, Harrow 


Homerton Hospital, Hackney 


Cardiff University Faculty of Science and Technology 


St. Barnabas Church, Bethnal Green 


The Stations of the Cross for St.Barnabas Church, Bethnal Green, London



What's the price of a poem? 2020

Stations of the Cross 2021

The Plane Papers 2022


A plane tree grows up in lockdown 2021


What’s the price of a poem? 2020


Garden Museum video 2020

Self portrait video 2019


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