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John Alexander Hostile Work Environment, 2019

John Alexander
Hostile Work Environment, 2019
Oil on canvas
52 x 39 inches
 

John Alexander My Little Cupid, 2019

John Alexander
My Little Cupid, 2019
Charcoal on paper
41 1/2 x 28 inches
 

John Alexander After the Flood, 2019

John Alexander
After the Flood, 2019
Oil on canvas
60 x 50 inches
 

John Alexander Monkeys in the Garden, 2019

John Alexander
Monkeys in the Garden, 2019
Oil on canvas
60 x 50 inches
 

John Alexander Dreamland, 2019

John Alexander
Dreamland, 2019
Charcoal and pastel on paper
60 x 40 inches
 

John Alexander The Spectator, 2020

John Alexander
The Spectator, 2020
Oil on canvas
20 x 16 inches

John Alexander Birds and Bramble, 2019

John Alexander
Birds and Bramble, 2019
Oil on canvas
40 x 30 inches
 

John Alexander Ghost Trees, 2019

John Alexander
Ghost Trees, 2019
Charcoal on paper
60 x 40 inches
 

John Alexander Lilies in the Headlights, 2019

John Alexander
Lilies in the Headlights, 2019
Oil on canvas
70 x 60 inches

John Alexander The Mighty Crustacean, 2019

John Alexander
The Mighty Crustacean, 2019
Watercolor and charcoal on paper
40 x 60 inches
 

John Alexander Confused Little Prophet, 2020

John Alexander
Confused Little Prophet, 2020
Oil on canvas
8 x 6 inches

John Alexander Watermelon, 2018

John Alexander
Watermelon, 2018
Oil on canvas
74 x 80 inches

John Alexander My Backyard, and Welcome To It, 2016

John Alexander
My Backyard, and Welcome To It, 2016
Oil on canvas
78 x 60 inches

John Alexander Foxglove's Journey, 2016

John Alexander
Foxglove's Journey, 2016
Oil on canvas
64 x 70 inches

John Alexander Moment of Truth, 2009

John Alexander
Moment of Truth, 2009
Watercolor, charcoal and pastel on paper
30 1/2 x 22 1/4 inches

Biography

For John Alexander, whose childhood consisted of camping and fishing trips in the bayous and woods of East Texas, nature is a frequent subject. His lush paintings populated with diverse flora and fauna signal a reverence for the tradition of landscape painting as practiced by such art historical masters as Claude Monet or the more recent Hudson River School painters of the American northeast. As an undergraduate majoring in applied-arts at Lamar University in Beaumont, Alexander was influenced by professor and friend, Jerry Newman, whose courses emphasized academic training in drawing, painting, and art history. Himself a skilled draftsman, Newman encouraged his students to develop of a firm foundation in still-life drawing and to copy sketches by such masters as Leonardo da Vinci. Evidence of Alexander’s rigorous formal training is not lost on a viewer of his works, which profess the skill and knowledge of an artist eagerly passionate about nature from the standpoint of enthusiastic student and devoted environmentalist. Alexander’s vision of nature, for example, was influenced by his father’s avid environmentalism and acute awareness of the devastating effects that industry and pollution had on the forests and habitats of his native Texas. The bucolic subject matter of Alexander’s paintings belies their subtle energy. His keen observations of the natural world and vivid imagery are the idiosyncratic expressions of an artist for whom everything is symbolic. The exoticism and beauty of his creations, as romantic as they seem, possess an introspective quality and speak to the psychology and experiences of the artist.

Alexander was born in Beaumont, Texas, in 1945. He received his B.F.A. from Lamar University in Beaumont in 1968 and his M.F.A. from the Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 1970. Following graduate school, Alexander taught at the University of Houston. Today the artist divides his time between his SoHo studio loft and home in Amagansett, East Hampton. Alexander’s work has been widely exhibited at such prestigious institutions as the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, both in Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. His work is featured in the permanent collections of a number of leading institutions, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Dallas Museum of Art; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; as well as many other distinguished public and private collections worldwide.