Lot 129 - Alayne Spafford - Meeting Place
Lot 129 - Alayne Spafford - Meeting Place

Lot 129 - Alayne Spafford - Meeting Place

Collage, Acrylic and Oil on Paper

The search for balance is fundamental in the art of Alayne Spafford.  The challenge in her work is to reconcile a natural tendency to organize and polish with a strong desire to reject those principles in favour of chaos and disorder.  Evidence of this can be seen in both the process and finished product of her work. Although the initial foundation of base colour is applied rather spontaneously and with limited self-censorship, the subsequent layering of colour clearly demonstrates a strong influence of the conscious mind.  During this process shapes and marks are added and manipulated in order to build a complex yet intuitive order. As such, the artist’s work mirrors her internal struggle to find balance between the opposing but complementary aspects of her nature. 

Alayne Spafford received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with honours from the University of Saskatchewan.  After studying textiles at Concordia University and the Centre de Metier d’Art en Construction Textile in Montreal, she worked for many years in the costume department of Cirque du Soleil.  Now residing in Edmonton, Alberta, Alayne focuses on painting full time. In 2013 Alayne collaborated to form Burn Design Collective, an art technique created with shou-sugi-ban (burnt cedar). Her work is represented in galleries and private collections worldwide.   



University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK (1989-1993) 

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Honours (Distinction, Distinguished exhibition) 

Centre Des Metiers D’Art En Construction Textile (CMACT), Montreal, QC (1997) 

Jaquard weaving (Pointcarre software, tapis au tissage) 

Concordia University, Montreal, QC (1997) Fibre Structures, Textile print and dying 

Dawson College, Montreal, QC (2001) Graphic Design 


Recent Exhibitions 

Rhodes Contemporary, London, England - Group show, (Jan. 15 - Feb. 15 2021) 

Moberg Gallery, Des Moines, Iowa - Group show, (Jan. 29 - Feb. 29, 2021) 

Haw Contemporary, Kansas City, Missouri - Solo show, (Oct. 26 - Nov. 26 2020)  

Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna, BC - Solo show, (August 2020) 

Moberg Gallery, Des Moines, Iowa - Kicking Abstracts and Taking Names, Women Painters (Sept.13 - October 19, 2019) 

Zinc Contemporary Arts, Seattle, WA - Seattle Art Fair (Aug.1 - Aug.4, 2019) 

Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna, BC - Encompass - Alayne Spafford and Sylvain Coulombe (June 6 - July 2, 2019) 

Disruptor Gallery, Edmonton, AB - Group show with Brenda Draney, Dana Holst, Anya Tonkonogy, Andrew Benson - (November 17, 2018) 

Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna, BC - Equilibrium - Solo show (Mar.1 - May 3 2018) 

Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna, BC - Gander - Matt Petley-Jones, Ulrich Panzer, Alayne Spafford (Aug.3 - Sept. 5 2017) 

Edmonton, Alberta - Burn Design Collective - Showing of new works (June 10, 2017) 

University of Alberta, Agriculture Department, Edmonton, Alberta - Commissioned Installation (Burn Design Collective) (December 2016) 

Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna, BC - Turnaround - Alayne Spafford & Jordi Alfaro (Oct.6 - Nov. 29 2016) 


Gallery Representation 

Haw Contemporary 
Zinc Contemporary 
Sopa Fine Arts 
Moberg Gallery 


About the postcard artworks 

These small works are studies in shape and colour with addition of collage.