David Alexander, "Crested Hills," 2012, acrylic on canvas, 52" x 58".
DAVID T. ALEXANDER
Born: 1947, Vancouver, BC
Studied: Kootenay School of Art, Nelson; MFA from the University of Saskatchewan
Lives/Works: Kelowna, BC
Price Range: $1,000 - $20,000
Peter Robertson opened his namesake gallery in 2004, relocating to Edmonton’s gallery walk district in 2007. He has noticed an increased interest in larger, more contemporary pieces as collectors become more adventurous and savvy. “Our clients often experiment with mixing different styles and media into their collections. They might have everything from landscape to geometric abstraction hanging together to create visual interest.”
Robertson recommends looking for an artist with a proven track record. For example, receiving curatorial interest from public museums and collections can be an indication of quality and a justification of price. He often proposes David Alexander from his stable of artists for this very reason. Alexander has a 25-year exhibition record, and is featured in national and international public and private collections. He currently has a major travelling retrospective exhibition which opened this spring at the Kelowna Art Gallery and is accompanied by a multi-authored, full-colour book. His landscapes resonate with a wide audience due to the accessible subject matter, and a complexity that will hold one’s interest for a lifetime.
Robertson’s tip for collectors is, “Spend a lot of time looking, Your ‘eye’ will evolve. Stay open to new ideas and types of work. Buy artwork that interests and attracts you. Don’t worry as much about exactly how a piece will fit into your décor or current collection – the space will develop to accept a piece you love.”