David Alexander "Up We Goes"
David Alexander "Up We Goes" acrylic on canvas 58" x 52"
Reception: Saturday, November 3 from 2 - 4 pm. Artist in attendance.
Artist Talk: Friday, November 2 @ 7 pm
David Alexander’s bold interpretations of the North American landscape feature vibrant colour and dynamic brushwork. Presented to the viewer in medias res, these paintings portray neither the distant mountain vistas nor the outstretched forests often associated with conventional landscape painting. Alexander’s unique cropping of pictorial space instead propels the viewer into the heart of the wilderness, amid craggy mountain cliffs, above the rippled surface of a lake, or below a canopy of trees. Based on drawings, photos, and journal entries collected during backcountry expeditions, these works present a rougher and more direct reflection of human experience with the land.
David Alexander studied at the Vancouver Art School and Langara Art Department, graduating with a BFA from Notre Dame University in 1978. In 1980, he moved to Saskatoon to obtain his MFA while researching in New York, London, and Paris. He has exhibited extensively since that time, and achieved a vast resume of public shows, educational endeavours, and critical recognition. Alexander’s work is featured in public and private collections across the world, including Canadian Embassies in Beijing (China) and Warsaw (Poland); the Departments of Foreign Affairs in Berlin (Germany), Manila (Philippines), and Melbourne (Australia); The Vancouver Art Gallery; Canada Council Art Bank; and the Museum of Art in Iceland. Alexander’s work is also represented in corporate collections across Canada and the world, including collections in Dubai, Seoul, New York, Nice, and Mumbai. David Alexander currently lives and paints in British Columbia’s Lake Country.