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Alison graduated from the Glasgow School of Art and received a distinction in her written thesis "Misogyny as an Art Form exemplified in the work of Edvard Munch" . She studied at the International Summer Academy of Fine Art, Salzburg then did a post graduate Studies in Fine Art at Oslo Academy of Fine Art, Norway and a post-diploma in Fine Art (First Class) at M.S. University of Baroda, Gujarat, India. In 2001-2002, "The Drawing Year" Alison did a year of part-time study in drawing at the Prince of Wales Drawing Studio, London. She has received the following awards: Glasgow School of Art Portrait Prize (1982); John and Anna Laurie Bequest Travelling Scholarship (1985); Norwegian Government Scholarship (1985); Lady Artists Trust Award (1988); Commonwealth Scholarship, for 2 years study in India (1993-95); Cheltenham and Gloucester National Open Drawing Competition, Third Prize (1998); Ruth Davidson Memorial Award for three months study in France (1998); and Prince of Wales Drawing Studio Bursary (2001).
2001 "Undiscovered Realms", Wolfson College, Oxford 1998 "New Drawings and Prints", The Cherry Orchard, London 1995 "Angels Wear Silver" Compass Gallery, Glasgow 1992 "F illi ng the Bare and Void Mysteries", The Cherry Orchard, London 1988 "Beyond the Pale", McGavigan's Gallery, Glasgow 1986 "Drawings from Life", Oslo Academy of Fine Art, Norway
2002 "Glasgow Girls 2002", Boundary gallery, London 2001 Noble Grossart Painting Exhibition, Glasgow School of Art and LLoyds TSB Hea
"Paintings and Drawings", Wild Cherry, London 2000 "The Body is Still a Good Read" The Pentagon Centre, Glasgow
"Myth and Reality", Nairobi Museum, Kenya 1998 Cheltenham and Gloucester National Open Drawing Competition, touring to University of Lincolnshire & Humberside and Kunstatte Vest Banhof, Berlin "Prints from Scotland", UK, Iwate Arts Festival, Kyoto, Japan and touring to International Graphics Museum, Tokyo "Tongues of Diamond: Myth, Metaphor and Story-Telling in Painting", Collins gallery,
Glasgow, touring to Leicester City Art Gallery and Stirling Museum
Cheltenham Open Drawing Competition
Art Fair, The One off Contemporary Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya.
1997 "Glasgow Girls" Boundary Gallery, London "Venus' Flowerbasket", 345 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow.
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London Cheltenham Open Drawing Competition, Cheltenham College of Art & University of Hull. (Commendation) "Sahmet - 5
0 Years of Independence", Sahmet, Delhi, India.
1996 Noble Grossart Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh and Glasgow School of Art "In Miniature", Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh 1995 "Art Today", India Today Gallery, New Delhi, India 1993 BP
National Portrait Competition, National Portrait Gallery, London.
1992 "The Religion of Art", The Glasgow Buddhist Centre, Glasgow 1991 Paisley Drawing Institute, Paisley "Patrons Choice", Art from the Billiard Room, Glasgow "Glasgow Girls", two woman show, Boundary Gallery, London 1990 "Old Now and Only Drumming" two woman show, WASPS Gallery, Glasgow Olympia Art Fair with Richard Demarco Gallery, London 1989
The Barbizon Gallery, Glasgow
"Art Event", Kensington, London "Inner Visions", Ballroom Gallery, Orkney Paisley Drawing Institute, Paisley "Works on Paper", Boundary Gallery, London "Art '89", Art Fair, with the Boundary Gallery, London "Six Women in the Air", Air Gallery, London 1988 "New Generation Glasgow", Tron Theatre, Glasgow "The Painted Flower", Main Fine Art, Glasgow Glasgow Group, McLellan Galleries, Glasgow 8th International Art Fair at Bath, with Compass Gallery Los Angeles International Art Fair, U.S.A 1987 Paisley Drawing Institute, Paisley "Day 17" Mum, Ran Out of Beans", Glasgow School of Art "Women Live, Inner dimensions", City Arts Centre, Edinburgh "Glasgow Girls", Boundary Gallery, London 1986 Academy Student's Exhibition, Kunstnernes Hus, Norway National Autumn Exhibition, Kunsternes Hus, Norway 1985 "New Generation", Compass Gallery, Glasgow R.G.I., McLellan Galleries, Glasgow 1984 "On the theme of Love", Collective Gallery, Edinburgh
Public and Private Collections
BBC Scotland Collins gallery Museum and Arts Loan Service Europe, India and the U.S.A Strathclyde University
1993 Two Bookcovers for Windhorse Publishers. One Bookcover for Oxford University Press 1988 17ft triptych on canvas for Glasgow Buddhist Centre
Two 15ft murals for restaurant, Glasgow
"Glasgow Girls", Clare Henry, The Glasgow Herald, 23rd November 1987
"Here Come the Glasgow Girls", Dorothy Wade and Justine Picardie, The Independent, June 1987
"Glasgow Girls", Mary Rose Beaumont, Arts Review, November 1987
"Scotland" Clare Henry Arts Review, 8th May 1989
“Scottish Paintings: 1837 to the Present” William Hardie, pages 214-215, 1990
“Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture” Peter JM McEwan 1994
"Alison Harper, Angels wear Silver", Sandy Moffat, catalogue introduction, Compass gallery,
"Passage to Magic of India, Alison Harper", Clare Henry, The Herald. 30th October 1995
"Alison Harper", W. Gordon Smith, The Scotsman. October 1995
"Storming the Citadel", Clare Henry, The Herald. 13th March 1997
"Journey into outer space", The Glasgow Herald, 15th May 1997
"Restoring Female Identity; Strategies by Scottish Female Artists", Catherine Agnes Stewart, Final year Dissertation, Glasgow School of Art, June 1997
"Later Editions, Prints from Glasgow", Martin Hopkinson, Iwate Art Festival, Japan, Introducing Scottish Culture and The Environment of Iwate, Catalogue essay. September 1998
"Myth and Story telling: The Work of Alison Harper", Urthona magazine, Autumn 1998
"Tongues of Diamond", Collins gallery catalogue introduction, Sandy Moffat, January 1999
"A Lore unto Themselves", The Herald 13th February 1999
"Tongues of Diamond", The List, 4th February 1999
"Mythmakers", Michael Murphy, Glasgow University Guardian, Jan. 1999
"Tongues of Diamond", Elizabeth Mahoney, The Scotsman, 28th January 1999"The Body is Still a Good Read", Giles Sutherland, The Times, May 2000
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