Alison Pilkington was born in Sligo in 1967 . She graduated with a Diploma in Fine Art Painting and Printmaking from Sligo RTC in 1989 and with a BA Hons in Fine Art Painting from National College Art & Design in 1990. She completed an MA in Film and TV studies in Dublin City University in 1994.
Alison joined the Black Church Print Studio in 1997. She has worked in a broad range of printed techniques. The areas of printmaking that she specialises in are relief printmaking and lithography. In particular she has concentrated on an etched lino technique to produce graphic work that echoes the strong painterly qualities that she has become known for. She draws inspiration for her graphic work from her paintings. The work is process led and this ulitimatley determines the outcome of the image. She has produced large scale print installations that combine print, video and painting.
She has exhibitied widely throughout the last ten years in Ireland and abroad. Her work has been selected for group shows in Ireland, Scotland, England and the United States, and she has had solo exhibitions in Belltable Arts Centre Limerick, Sligo Art Gallery, Basement Gallery Dundalk, The Workroom Dublin, and the Kevin Kavanagh Dublin. Her work is in numerous public and private collections including OPW, Univeristy College Dublin and Bank Of Ireland.
She has received arts council travel and publication awards and project bursaries. She is co-editor of The Fold with fellow artist Cora Cummins which is a publishing platform for invited artists to consider various themes. She is based in Dublin.