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Alexandra Abraham
Registered: 06/07/2010   Last Update: 16/07/2010
More information and images can be found at www.alexandraabraham.co.uk

"I believe that almost every material or object can be beautiful; it is simply a matter of how they are perceived. I’m inspired by the origins of my materials and excited by the physical process of turning the lost and the forgotten into something exquisite, glamorous and even wearable. The sense of history and knowledge that people have handled and used my materials many years ago is extremely important to me, and I like to imagine that something of their spirit becomes invested in my work."

Alexandra’s unusual paintings, saturated with colour, gilded and encrusted with recycled and rediscovered materials are attracting growing interest from art consultants, interior designers and architects. Last year her work was chosen for two first class suites on a brand new luxury cruise liner and interior designer Fiona Barratt selected a large painting for footballer Sol Campbell's Chelsea home. She also makes bangles and brooches which are stocked by boutiques and galleries in Shanghai and Istanbul.

After finishing her degree (2/1) in Woven Textile design Alexandra ran away to sail the Caribbean for a year on a 75 ft schooner, collecting shells and memories. When she came back to England she had a variety of jobs ranging from being a sales assistant at Browns of South Molton Street to temping at the Jockey Club. After marriage and two children she studied traditional decorative painting techniques at Hampstead School of Art. She then taught courses for Hampstead School of Art and Crouch End Art School before going into partnership with a friend and setting up a teaching studio in Highgate.

In 1998, wanting to paint full time, Alexandra was lucky enough to find a studio at the Chocolate Factory where she developed her skills as a glass painter. She exhibited regularly in London, was selected for the Discerning Eye exhibition and showed work in New York, Salt Lake City Utah and ten Japanese cities including Tokyo and Osaka.

In late 2007 inspired by a box of old Venetian glass she found at Brighton car boot sale, she remembered her shell collection hidden away in a dusty corner of her studio. She had also inherited her mother’s old button box and the remains of her father’s coin collection. Over the years Alexandra had picked up sea glass and pebbles from every beach she visited and had a growing hoard of old china and glass fragments found on the Thames Foreshore or scavenged from the secret Victorian rubbish tips of Hampstead Heath in North London. So the impetus came to combine the materials she loved together with her love of colour and painting.