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Sketchy, Ethereal Style: Art by Allison Vince

A photoshopped abstract watercolour paintingRouge, watercolour on Bristol paper, edited to red in Photoshop

Allison Vince creates paintings and illustrations in a sketchy, ethereal style, utilizing both narrow, frenetic lines and drippy diffusions of watercolour. The artist also uses unusual media – makeup – to create works in a similar style.


A portrait of a woman shaving her faceMy what smooth skin you have., mascara, blush, foundation, lipstick and eyeshadow mixed with linseed on canvas

The way that Allison combines translucent, pooling and dripping watercolour with quick, controlled line art makes for a really cool visual effect. Her illustration gallery is where Allison’s expertise with line art really shines. Creatures both real and fantastic are drawn with elongated, sharpened teeth and eyes layered over eyes, creating the feeling that the drawing is vibrating with energy.


A screen capture of Allison Vince's art websiteThe front page of Allison's website

Allison makes interesting use of makeup in her series of cosmetic paintings. Where other artists such as Amarie Bergman have used cosmetics to achieve an abstract colouration, Allison creates portraits of women and other representational images using a variety of makeup staples such as mascara, blush and lipstick. Sometimes she combines these media with oil paints to create a subtly intriguing look.


An illustration of several monstersGraveyard Smash, pencil in Moleskine

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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