Ali Cockburn – Abstract Artist
South African resident, Ali Cockburn – pronounced Coburn – embarked on her art career a mere six years ago. Taking her inspiration from the environment in which she lives and works – her beach front home in Ballito – coupled with being an ex-national swimmer, it’s this environment that inspires her large colourful canvases, many of them with ocean and sea life themes. Ali says the beauty of her work is the intrigue, and often debate, it evokes within people.
Ali launched ACA – Ali Cockburn Atelier soon after her successful New York art debut in 2018 where she broke the gallery record when her largest and most expensive painting was sold within 20 minutes of the exhibition opening to the general public.
More recently Ali participated in an art exhibition in her hometown of Ballito at the Studios, Lifestyle Centre, Ballito. One of 23 artists, many of them well respected and world renowned and again, she had a “New York” moment when one of her paintings was the only artwork to sell on the opening night! She went on to be the best-selling artist at the six-week exhibition when seven of her canvases were sold as well as one of her gorgeous handmade resin bowls.
Also whilst in New York in April 2018, Diptyque, the Paris-based luxury goods company and producers of a range of high-end scented candles; perfumes; face and body care, hosted a “Meet the Artist” event for her at their flagship New York store in Columbus Circle, in the heart of Manhattan.
The ACA range consists of bespoke home décor items including high quality cotton and linen fabrics all featuring her art images. Her current fabric range includes tablecloths, runners, napkins and tea towels as well as gorgeous scatter cushions.
Also part of this exciting brand is a range of resin items including gorgeous resin platers and bowls that can be used as wall art.
Ali launched her first design, Flying Fish, in her wallpaper range at the end of last year too.
Ali’s work has been valued by Bonham’s, London and two of her pieces were chosen by Art UK and the Tracey Emin and Deutsche Bank Centenary Fund to be displayed and auctioned in the ‘Another World – Charity Postcard Sale’ in the Deutsche Bank Wealth Management Lounge at Frieze London 2018. Frieze is one of the most prestigious events that takes place on the art calendar in London and in other major cities around the world.
Ali’s work is sought after by interior decorators, businesses and homeowners in South Africa; London; New York; Seattle; Santa Monica as well as Palm Beach, Florida.
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