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For the past few years Alys has been photographing empty swimming pools at night in the UK and abroad. The images explore a twilight world of the in-between: a blurring of day and night, light and dark, the open and the enclosed, plenitude and absence. Whether municipal or members only, the pool is a space shaped by its patrons. Captured out of use, these familiar spaces stand outside time. Curved light breaks up the horizontal rigour. The comfort of transparency gives way to reflection and shadow. What is cedes to what could be, and the ordinary is transformed. The geographical location of each swimming pool is kept secret. Shot at dusk or at night, the pools take on a detached, almost melancholy, emptiness, and suggest a sinister feeling that something has happened, or is about to happen.
Artful photographic prints are produced to the highest standard, using Giclee printing on 300 gsm 100% cotton rag fine art paper. This method, accepted by the art world for fine art reproduction, produces a high quality, archival grade digital print. The archival quality of the pigment ink with 100% cotton rag minimises the chemical reaction leading to image fading.
Because Giclee is widely regarded as one of the very best photographic and fine art printing methods it has become extremely popular with artists and photographers displaying their images in art galleries, museums and exhibitions.
Artful is proud to offer a high quality framing service that perfectly compliments the artwork. Using conservation quality wood mouldings, our handmade frames are built for each individual print and arrive ready to hang. The archival quality mount is acid free and pH neutral, so you can be confident your print is well protected.
Artful’s framing service is not only competitively priced but of the highest quality. If you have any requests for further framing options, get in touch.
Artful uses UPS for its UK and international shipping since they’re quick, trustworthy and affordable.
As soon as your artwork is ready to be dispatched, we’ll notify you with the shipping details and tracking number. For UK delivery, shipping is ‘Next Working Day’ but for international, it will take a small while longer.
As you'd expect, all artworks are packed with the utmost care to ensure they reach you safely, but If there is any problem with how an item has arrived we will address the issue immediately.
Alys is an award-winning editorial and fine art photographer based in London.
Having grown up in Brighton, she studied at the University of Leeds and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and is currently enrolled on the MA in Anthropology of Travel, Tourism and Pilgrimage at SOAS, University of London. She combines commissioned work for editorial, design and advertising clients with personal work, which she publishes and exhibits.
Awards include the Creative Review Photography Annual 2010/2012, the Magenta/Flash Forward Award winner 2008, International Photography Award winner (Lucie) 2006, London Photography award winner 2005, shortlisted for the Jerwood Photography Award 2003, highly commended for the Observer Hodge award 2003, Peter Kirk Memorial Travel scholarship winner 2003, EXIT Magazine photographic Award winner 2002.
Alys has exhibited extensively including ‘24’ Berkeley Square, London 2013, The Portrait Salon, London 2012, ‘Open Here’ Hereford Photography Festival 2010, Foto 8 Summer Show, HOST Gallery, London 2010, ‘Why We Love Photography’ HOST Gallery, London 2010, ‘Manual Focus’ The Lloyd Gill Gallery, Somerset 2009, ’24′ The AOP Gallery, London 2008, ‘Stop Moving’ Photodebut Exhibition 2006, ‘Film on Film’ The AOP Gallery, London 2006, ‘Dead Time’ Swiss Cottage Gallery, London (solo exhibition) 2006, ‘Petites Morts’ The Glasshouse Gallery, London 2006, ‘Portfolio’ The AOP Gallery, London 2005, ’3′ Deluxe Gallery, London 2004, Exposure: Hereford Photography Festival 2003, The Observer Hodge Photographic Award, The Newsroom, London 2003.
Alys was recently named as one of the PDN (Photo District News) 30 Photographers To Watch.VISIT ARTIST PAGE