I can’t find a lot of information on Alice Simpson.  She may or may not still be alive.  If she’s alive – she’s around 78 years old. 

I hope she’s still alive and I hope she is still making art because her art is terrific.

She is the daughter of “rubber-legged” eccentric dancer Hal Sherman and her life and art are focused on theater, music and dance. 

She began as a graphic designer and illustrator; then in 1992 began creating Painted Books, unique hand painted folding books that found a place in international museums, libraries and with rare book collectors.

But it is her clay work that I love. 

Her first series, Abundant Beauty explores the mystique and beauty of the women who became famous as circus fat ladies; and they are wonderful.  Most are simply glazed with perhaps one or two pastel colors.  They capture the humor and boldness of these women. 

In her dance series, she has a contemplative fat dancer and in her opera series we have a bust title “The Contralto” which is just perfect.

And in her Portrait of the Artist series, she uses her own face to portray herself in various guises.

Ms. Simpson was very involved with the world of ballroom dancing; but I am glad that her sculptures, at times, show us people who are not average in size – or clearly – average in attitude.

Her website is:

My Pinterest page for Alice Simpson’s fat art is:


  1. Bona Fide Fatabilia! Love her art! If there is a website, maybe she is alive. Someone must be paying for it, unless funding was left in perpetuity Maybe we need a private FB group for collectors of fatabilia! Or maybe one exists already.

    • Dear friends,
      I’m very much alive and if it were not a Time of Coronavirus, you would likely find me dancing the tango.

      Having had a career in the fragrance and cosmetic design field, which was all about beauty and fashion, when I left that behind, I searched for other forms of beauty. On my website you will find a more in-depth article written about the series “Abundant Beauty,” which you may find interesting. You will also see my limited edition and One-of-a-Kind hand-painted Artist Books.

      In 2014, I had the good fortune to have my debut novel, BALLROOM published by HarperCollins in hard and soft cover. BALLROOM is about a NYC ballroom, which was about to close and some of the fictional people that danced there every Sunday night.

      With the surprising pleasure that has come from writing, I’ve continued to do so during these past four chaotic years, with a new story to tell based upon research of The Gilded Age.

      Thank you for your interest in my work. If you are interested in purchasing work, please contact me.

      Stay safe and well.

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