John Alexander is a contemporary American artist whose work incites a profound message about the dissolution of both our political and natural environments. From landscapes to still lifes to portraits of political and social figures, Alexander unites his diverse subjects through his intriguing and often satirical portrayal of our ecological and social domains.
Alexander’s compositions display the beauty inherent to our natural world in a comparable way to historic masters such as Claude Monet and the artists of the Hudson River School. While reminiscent in imagery, Alexander goes beyond the work of these past visionaries to suggest something sinister within each landscape. Illuminating the fragility of our natural world, Alexander depicts birds in dark, confused backgrounds, murky ponds of koi fish and gloomy bayous. Although his paintings exhibit humankind’s disfiguring impact on nature, Alexander often includes a hint that there is still hope for a brighter future. Alexander lightens the mood of his artworks with a touch of light peeking through the clouds, or a humorous element embedded within his paintings, suggesting that we can learn from our mistakes to create a harmonious future.
Visually arresting, Alexander also uses figurative painting to express humankind’s immorality. These satirical and allegorical paintings highlight the contradictory, confused nature of the human soul in a spirit similar to the work of Francisco Goya and Hieronymus Bosch. Unleashing his own dissection of the human condition, Alexander’s narratives show the predatory nature of political, military, ecclesiastical and industrial individuals who foolishly abuse their power.
Currently, John Alexander spends his time between New York City and Amagansett, East Hampton. His work has been widely exhibited at the top museums and galleries in the United States including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. His work is also featured in many permanent collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Alexander is also a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts (1984).