Alex is inspired by modern British painting, as well as the works of the late nineteen century. Particularly the works of Lucien Freud’s later works and that of Euan Uglow. Bucking the modern trend of copying from photos, Alex paints from life, mainly from his beautiful Chelsea studio chosen for its crystal clear light.

His works reflect his obsession with good technical painting. His brushwork is vigorous, and gestural, opting for a reduced pallet of soft hues.

In Cornwall on the cliffs by St Agnes, painting an odd shaped rock

In Cornwall on the cliffs by St Agnes, painting an odd shaped rock

He paints his larger and more sustained works in the Studio. They always start from life with all the studio paintings originating from oil paintings or sketches that are observed from life. Because it is hard to paint outside on larger canvasses, he works with a combination of sketches and photos back at the studio. Sketches are crucial to record the initial response to the subject and it is important to keep this vigour in the later, more resolved paintings that evolve from the experience of painting from life


In Amsterdam painting near the Leidesplein

In Amsterdam painting near the Leidesplein

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013 Gallery 118, London

2005 Webbs Gallery, London

2004 Collins And Hastie, London

2003 Carlyle Gallery, London

2001 Collins and Hastie, London

2000 Bartley Drey Gallery, London


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016 BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery

2014 Autumn Show – Webbs Gallery

2013 Greycoat gallery, Dover Street

2005 February Spring light show, Webbs Gallery

2004 September autumn show Webbs Gallery
Not the turner prize , Mall Gallery

2003 November ‘The Thames’, Webbs Gallery

July Whistler exhibition at Carlyle Gallery
Summer show at Collins and Hastie
April Lighthouse auction at Christies
March Spring show at Thompson’s gallery, Stow on the Wold

2002 December Royal institute of oil painters
Group winter show at Carlyle Gallery
April Mixed exhibition. Collins and Hastie

2001 December Group winter exhibition at Carlyle Gallery
Group winter exhibition at Collins and Hastie
September Mixed Autumn show at Ainscough Fine Art
August Mixed Summer show at Bartley Drey Gallery
Christies Group Auction, New York
May One man show, Collins and Hastie

2000 December Group exhibition at Bartley Drey Gallery, London
July Royal society of British painters
June Chelsea art society
Leighton House
April Short listed for Villiers David Travel scholarship
March One man show, Bartley Drey Gallery

1999 June Chelsea Art society
April Thomas’s school Battersea

1998 November First Prize Royal Institute of Oil Painters
May Everard read Gallery, South Africa (mixed)

1995 –1998 Army officer, the light Dragoons. Germany

1991 –1995 Fine Art, BA Hons Newcastle University
Hatton Gallery show. 2 two man long gallery shows
Cadogan contemporary gallery summer show (London)

 

Shows Annually at the Chelsea Art Society and London Sketch Club