Artist Revisited: Alicia’s Play with Shadow and Reflections

My niece, Alicia Surveyer, has been working with some very interesting design motifs – silhouettes, shadows and reflection. There is a touch of avuncular bias but also a broader view of an artist taking the Group of Seven, especially Lawren Harris’ later works, into a new direction. These elements   can be seen in recent paintings by Alicia.


Bolsena Dusk

This painting has a wonderful silhouette masking where clouds and limbs intermix, sumptuous colors, and a subtle reflection of those sunset colors in the waters. The mood and hues are reflective.


Vermillion Lake

This is on of the most design playful of Alicia’s paintings with 3 stripped tree trunks, a mountain that could be an ominous cloud, a sun ray that becomes a pointing cloud – and it all looks like a landscape sailing through the scene and time. Such great visual puns bring a smile to ones eye and mind.


Out of the Shadows

This is one of my favorites for its bold convention breaking design and colors. It is a roadside shadowed by shading from trees in Color. But the simplified design with the tree trunks and branches in front and the crimson   leaves behind in the style of a medieval painting gets tricked into revelation by the shadow. The use of polygon but proportionate lighter areas gives the depth and shading cues to pull the piece together. Lovely with a dash of lemon.

To see a full selection Alicia’s paintings visit here.

  2 comments for “Artist Revisited: Alicia’s Play with Shadow and Reflections

  1. julie scholz
    June 19, 2010 at 9:01 am

    I really love them all. Nice bold color use, very clean and modern feel- beautiful.

    • jbsurveyer
      June 26, 2010 at 11:12 pm

      Julie – Such comments warm the hearts of avuncular enthusiast and Alicia both. Alicia more recent work has been exploring using marker pens totem-like drawings but still with a penchant for dramatic color combinations and shadings. Also she is doing a few more etchings; her work here can be magnificent but as you know – I am biased. Again, thanks for the kind words. – Jack

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