Alice Cescatti grew up in New Zealand. From an early age she became fascinated with wide open spaces, dramatic landscapes and the light of the South Pacific – in particular the way it plays and interacts with its landscape conveying an impressive stillness.
Alice is particularly interested in sea and cloud formations and weather patterns. Alice uses water gilding in her paintings on wooden panels which is very rarely seen. She has found this to be the best form of expression. More complex than oil gilding, it is built up over many layers of gesso and clay to give depth and diversity, blending precious metals with water gilding and painting, producing differing plays of light at different times of day, the effect gives an ethereal beauty to her work.
This is what drives Alice’s creative process. Scale is used as a context for describing her big landscapes and seascapes It is not to show nature as bigger or overwhelming but more to convey that we all coexist in wholeness whatever the scale. The context of nature inside humanity, and humanity inside nature, has always fascinated her. She is at present exploring ways to express her new direction to encompass her passion for the Shift in human consciousness, which is focused on finding new ways to live in a growing global community and all of the complex humanitarian dilemmas involved. Alice has had Solo Shows in London, Paris, and Oxfordshire and numerous Group Shows over the years. Commissions include:
- Sultan of Brunei
- Curator of Sculpture, The Louvre, Paris
- Alberto Pinto Agency, Paris
- Grosvenor House Hotel
- Director of Cartier, Paris