Born in Keighley, West Yorkshire in 1965, Alison Crowther is a sculptor and furniture maker working exclusively with English Oak sourced from UK woodlands. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1989, she has received a number of substantial commissions including Winchester Cathedral (1996), Chatsworth Park, Derbyshire (1999), The Cass Foundation, West Sussex (2006). Additional clients include Fidelity International; Swire Properties, Hong Kong; the Sheraton Hotel, Guangzhou, China; Australian Design Studio Urban Art Projects (UAP); and the Shangri-La Hotel. Her work has been exhibited nationally, and internationally, at a wide range of institutions including New Art Centre, CASS Sculpture Foundation, Contemporary Applied Arts and Flow Gallery, London.
Crowther's sensitivity to the environment manifests in large-scale works, which are based in and reflect the complex geometry of nature. She observes and responds to her material, taking cues from the wood’s density, grain and intricate growth patterns to create what Madeleine Bunting described as a ‘dialogue between material and human intervention'. Curator of Crowther's 2008 exhibition 'The Ripple Effect', Ann Elliott said the surfaces of the work are 'delicately carved into rippling lines, that radiate from knots or boles, crossing or flowing with the grain - a lyrical passage between artist and material’.