Ali is a successful Public Relations Consultant who has found her true passion – abstract art! Originally from Johannesburg, Ali now lives on the East Coast of South Africa in a place aptly known as The Dolphin Coast. It’s this environment that inspires her ocean themed abstract art. She has the privilege of watching schools of dolphins’ swim past her beach front home at least five times a day throughout the year and, from the months of May to November, whales can be spotted on a daily basis on their way to their breeding ground in the Western Cape.


Using mainly acrylic paints, and more recently resin, Ali says when embarking on a new canvas, the ocean or nature is often top of mind. Many of her paintings are named after sea creatures or sea life, or nature and she believes the beauty of her work is the intrigue it evokes within people. She may see and depict a sea creature, but someone else may see something totally different. Her paintings definitely make for interesting conversation….. And often debate!


Ali launched her work in New York in April this year where she held a 25-day exhibition at the Agora Gallery, Chelsea. It was here that she broke the gallery record by selling her most expensive canvas within 20 minutes of the exhibition being opened to the public.


While in New York French perfumery, Dipytique, one of the world’s most sought-after brands, hosted a “Meet the Artist” event for her at their flagship store at the Columbus Circle precinct in Manhattan. One of her paintings takes pride of place on main the wall in the store.


Ali was also given the opportunity submit her work (in postcard size) to a very prestigious event on the art calendar in London this year – Frieze London 2018. This is an honour only afforded to recognised and affiliated Deutsche Bank artists. Her work, all original pieces, was chosen by Art UK and the Tracey Emin and Deutsche Bank Centenary Fund to be displayed and auctioned in the ‘Another World – Charity Postcard Sale’ in the Deutsche Bank Wealth Management Lounge at Frieze London.


Following on from her success in New York, Ali more recently launched her new brand ACA – Ali Cockburn Atelier. In addition to producing her large canvases containing her abstract art, Ali now produces a range of bespoke home décor items. A full range of table linen, containing images of Ali’s original artwork, including table cloths; table runners; napkins and tea towels as well as decorative trays, will soon be available.


Top Kwa Zulu-Natal kitchen and home boutique, Cookin will be stocking many of Ali’s items including a full range of table linen as well as decorative trays and coasters to match; table mats and greeting cards.


Beach & Beyond, one of the country’s leading swimwear and home décor boutiques, has commissioned Ali to design images for a swimwear and kaftan range. Beach & Beyond who have four stores, will also be stocking some of Ali’s home décor items such as scatter cushions; table linen and resin trays.


Each item under the ACA brand is designed and created by Ali, and many are handmade by herself. All linen is 100% cotton and proudly made in South Africa. All ACA packaging is also plastic free.


Ali has gained the respect of interior decorators, businesses and homeowners not only throughout South Africa, but in New York; Seattle; West Palm Beach, Florida as well as London too. She recently had her work valued by Bonham’s in London and currently has two canvases on display in the city.


House & Haven, one of Johannesburg’s top interior décor shops also contains her original artwork.

Ali Cockburn – South African Abstract Artist

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