I am an artist and freelance illustrator and designer based in Lancashire, UK, with an MA in Design and Art Direction, graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University.

After graduating I co-founded our small press 'Bracketpress', with my partner Christian Brett. The Bracketpress archive is held by the Special Collections Library at Manchester Metropolitan University.

My commercial work as a book designer, illustrator and art director for the Idler magazine, informs my personal work, many of my projects involve evoking atmosphere, humour, and story elements. I focus on illustrating and documenting historical, scientific, psychological, sociological themes, which vary from project to project. My usual working process starts with in-depth research from historical and modern reference material, I then collage and develop my sketches and often utilise and blend traditional printmaking and digital media to create installations, prints and book editions. I play with visual allegories and metaphors to relay complex stories and knowledge, to create new and surreal interpretations.

My work has been exhibited at various venues in the UK, USA and in Europe. I regularly exhibit and sell my personal work at print fairs in the UK.

A selection of clients and collaborations include:
Incline Press, Exitstencil Press, The Idler, Penguin, Unbound, Pan Macmillan, Francis Lincoln, Ebury / Cassell Illustrated, 
Judith Clark (curator), Marcel Theroux (writer), Matt Hulse (film maker/artist), Leeds Central Library: Room 700 gallery space, 
Barbican Art Gallery, Royal Academy of Dance's Dance Gazette, Greater Manchester Museums Group, 
Rochdale Ideas and Literature Festival, Vauxhall Motors, Latitude Festival ...
 


For more details, email: alice@alice-smith.co.uk