John Alexander (American, B. 1945)
has said, "I'd be an ax murderer, if I didn't paint.
This statement is suggestive of the kind of dangerous energy that infuses each of the artist's works.
is best-known for his
frenetic and disquieting landscapes.
has also painted satirical works pillorying our political system and society.
These two styles are part of a coherent project.
In both his
landscapes and his
satirical works, Alexander
is offering a pointed and unconcealed critique of power; in Alexander's
eyes, corporate interests are poisoning both our social institutions and our environment.
has previously said, "Not one day since I was born, has the landscape gained an inch.
Every single day habitat is lost, and species are vanishing at an alarming rate."
John Alexander was born in Beaumont, Texas, a town on Texas' Gulf Coast, in 1945.
developed an attachment to the natural world that has become a foundational part of his
He studied at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and received his MFA in 1970.
Longing for the swampy air that hangs heavy over the Texas coast and for the piney woods of his
relocated to Houston in 1970.
He became a member of the University of Houston's faculty and taught there until late in the decade.
moved to New York City in 1979 and has remained there since, splitting his
time between the city and his
is represented by the Marlborough Gallery
on 57th Street, one of the most exclusive galleries in the city.
always painted, and he
thesis project was 200 paintings.
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painterly satirical works and landscapes distinguish him from his
, as many critics and collectors will enthuse, is different from most contemporary painters.
gained recognition for his
painterly classicism and his
attention to historical precedents.
Michael Brenson, an art critic for the New York Times, once declared, "John Alexander is one of the few younger artists with the will and the credibility to remind the young turks of Neo-Expressionism what solid pictorial structure and art-historical knowledge mean."
: A Retrospective.
Museum of Fine Arts
", Houston, Texas
"John Alexander: Drawing Room," East Hampton, New York
"John Alexander: Recent Observations," The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio
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