Alison Keenan lived in Burma before returning home to England to complete her art education and later lived in Italy and Egypt where she studied Aubusson and Gobelin Tapestry. In 2008, she graduated from Emily Carr University and in 2010, she received a Certificate in Liberal Arts from Simon Fraser University.
Her portfolio includes national and international exhibitions, curating group shows, an online catalogue, guest speaker, artist’s residences, and videos as well as artist’s talks and editing a gallery catalogue. She is one of the founders of BestB4 Collective, a Vancouver-based collaborative artist collective. The focus of the collaboration is an ongoing inquiry into themes of the natural and built environments, the use of public space by the private individual, contemporary dance as an art form and as public performance.
Her new series of paintings, about an important form of communication; telling stories, is entitled Avian Fables. In the paintings scale is often arbitrary and non-perspective and the difference between the characters depicted as birds and humans allude to different time lines or planes of existence. In these places she explores stories in the surreal bodies of land and water found on shorelines, while aided by avian guides, the harbingers of seasonal and environmental changes.