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Alice Shirley

Alice Shirley was born in 1984 in London, United Kingdom. She graduated from Byam Shaw School of Art, Central St. Martins in 2007 with a BA in Fine Art.

From 2007-2009 she worked on writing and illustrating her own edition of Aesop’s Fables, published in 2009 by Pavilion Children’s Books, Anova Books. In 2009 she started The Drawing Year at the Prince’s Drawing School, an intensive post-graduate drawing course. She continued for a second year at the Prince’s Drawing School and left in 2011.

For 3 years she taught and mentored for the Young Artists Program of the Prince’s Drawing School at the Natural History Museum and V&A Museum of Childhood. She wrote and illustrated her second book for children, The Gentle Lion and the Little Owlet (published by Anova Books in 2012). She works closely with the specimen collection of the Natural History Museum in London. She has completed commissions in the United Kingdom, Jersey, India, Germany, Italy and France.

She is currently creating designs for the fashion house Hermès Paris – her first design is now available in Hermès A/W 2014 silk carré collection. She is also now working in collaboration with the conservation charity, Synchronicity Earth, to produce artworks and bespoke hand-painted masks for the Biophilia Masked Ball to be held in November at the Natural History Museum in London. Her disciplines include drawing, painting in oils, acrylic, watercolour and ink, sculpture, print making and photography. Her studio is based in Camden, London.

Take a look at some of Alice’s other work on her website



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