Alice Wellinger

Alice Wellinger is an Austrian based artist | illustrator. Besides her editorial work, she develops her personal art, which is surreal, ironic, dealing with the troubles of daily life and childhood memories.

"As a self taught Illustrator I am a late starter. I worked as a graphic designer for many years. After I gave birth to my twin girls, I began to write and illustrate children’s books. Although these books got published and won some awards (like the Austrian Children’s book prize), I kept eye for new shores. A few years ago I started to work as an editorial illustrator. I like doing this because of the artistic freedom it allows me (most times at least). Each commission is a new challenge.

... I always try to tell a little story in my pictures – I like it when people have something to think about. But I never plan anything; I’m open to the ideas that come into my mind spontaneously. When they are bad I forget them, the good ones I paint."

"Austrian illustrator Alice Wellinger paints ironic and surreal images inspired by her childhood and everyday life experiences as a woman. Wellinger’s paintings are a like patchwork of womanhood, often weaving female bodies with florals and other abstract, organic shapes. Her editorial illustration employs elements of cool surrealism with unapologetic messaging; from a fragile, porcelain-like vagina to more whimsical, like her pregnant Superwoman on a mission. Her imagination runs wild in her personal work. ...

One might compare her to surrealists like Salvador Dali, 1930s figurative artists and modern illustrators like Mary GrandPré, but the truth is, Wellinger’s influence is eclectic. The root of language, elegant grace of a greyhound’s body, to contemporary found object art are just a few specific examples. Throughout her career, Wellinger... ”
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