Marie-Alice Harel is a French author and illustrator based in Edinburgh, Scotland.
She was a Geosciences PhD and researcher before jumping off the boat and becoming a full time illustrator in 2016. She hasn't looked back since and now dedicates her time and energy to develop ideas, techniques, and challenge herself with new projects. She likes to explore stories and images infused with wonder, the nostalgia of imagined worlds and a pinch of whimsy. Travelling around the world sharpens her curiosity and her interest for other people and cultures, widening her imagination.
Her watercolours can be found in books, picture books, galleries and magazines. She also creates artist books, another playful way to combine images and stories.
Visit Instagram to see work in progress and other news.
--> Author & Illustrator :
Hortari - Tales of forgotten seekers and explorers (self published), 2017
Omoiyari - Where stories come from. Limited edition of 60 copies (self-published), 2016
--> Illustrator :
Kumiko et le Sorcier - Picture book, Japanese folktale (French, Gautier-Languereau Editor) - Autumn 2018
La Princesse Grenouille - Picture book, Russian folktale (French, Gautier Languereau) - 2017
"Parallel" - Light Grey Art Lab Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., 22 Sept - 20 Oct 2017 - Group show
"Midnight" - Light Grey Art Lab Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., 28 Oct - 23 Nov 2016 - Group show
"Tiny Homes" - Light Grey Art Lab Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., 15 Sept - 22 Oct 2016 - Group Show
"Omoiyari" - Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh Scotland, UK - 6-27 July 2016 - SOLO SHOW
Artist Books - Presented at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, at the Artist's Bookmarket in 2017 and 2018.
Domoy - Tutorial and illustration for the October 2018 issue of Graphite Magazine (issue 9) - 2018
Les Patins d'Argent - Cover + 10 illustrations for the December issue of Tétras Lire (French, Alba Verba editions) - 2017
Amrita, Cover for the Autumn/Winter 2017 edition of the Yoga Magazine Amrita (UK) - 2017
Rois et Reines - Cover + 10 illustrations for the April issue of Tétras Lire (French, Alba Verba editons). Tales "Riquet à la Houppe" and "Peau d'Ane" by Charles Perrault - 2017
L'Or de Cuzco - Illustrations for a Peruvian folktale published in the January issue of Tétras Lire (French, Alba Verba editions) - 2017
Illustration from Omoiyari accepted into Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art (Vol. 24)
Sherlock Holmes illustrations and book binding longlisted for the Book Illustration Competition, organised by House of Illustration and The Folio Society (2018)