Alice Gibbons Biography

Alice Gibbons




Regionalist printmaker Alice Gibbons was born in San Francisco in 1943. She attended the San Francisco Art Institute, traveling to Paris for a six month study abroad program through the school in 1969. On her return, she completed her studies at the Institute, majoring in printmaking with a focus on lithography. That same year she became a member of the Graphic Arts Worskshop where she was introduced to intaglio printmaking, which would become her primary medium. She worked alongside founding member Stanley Koppel.

Gibbons' work is often done in small, sometimes miniature format, depicting San Francisco and other California locales' architecture and gardens. Said Gibbons of her style, "I like to inquire into the relationships we have with our environments; what we do with it, what we leave behind in it. By doing these images, I get involved as if I am working on a portrait of a person. The environment is a reflection of our relationship. Therefore, it is a portrait."

Gibbons continues to work and exhibit at the Graphic Arts Workshop in San Francisco, where she has been a member for over fifty years. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Graphic Arts Loan Collection of UC Berkeley. You can learn more about her artwork and her time at the GAW on their website.