David Alexander : the shape of place by Alexander, David; Wylie, Liz; Alexander, David

By Alexander, David; Wylie, Liz; Alexander, David

It may be effortless to think about panorama portray as cliche, an artwork shape whose time has handed. David Alexander's brilliant, large-scale works convey the beauty and hazard that stay undiminished in work of the common setting and breathe new existence into the panorama culture. collecting jointly six essays on Alexander, this ebook presents perception into Alexander's proposal, artistic force, and the original engagement with nature that has led him to search out and paint distant locales throughout Canada and as distant as Greenland, Iceland, New Mexico, and Argentina. Award-winning author Sharon Butala contributes a longer meditation on her first stumble upon with the artist and his paintings. An interview with Robert Enright finds Alexander's engagement with culture, and texts by means of the past due Gilbert Bouchard, Ihor Holubizky, Aethalsteinn Ingolfsson, and Liz Wylie, current various insights into knowing and appreciating his paintings. an in depth chronology of Alexander's profession is integrated. Reproductions of his significant works seem all through and the essays are illustrated with initial work and dealing sketches, conveying perception into his artistic approach. A worthy discovery for these drawn to nature and its creative renderings, Alexander's paintings is set conveying an immersion within the panorama. This e-book permits an analogous presence inside his lushly painted landscapes, providing an intimate figuring out of his artwork

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I thought that if I couldn’t respond as the knowledgeable art “consumer” or the serious critic, there had to be a way that I could be a part of this project, if only as someone who wanted to tell others about this artist’s work, so that I too could celebrate his achievement. It was apparent at once that Alexander and I do have some things in common: our love – almost a connoisseurship – of the much-denigrated Saskatchewan landscape, our common need to be in nature, and our practice of using nature as source and inspiration for our art.

3 Dan Ring, David Alexander (Saskatoon: Mendel Art Gallery, 1995), 25. 4 David Alexander, email message to the author, 4 July 2010. 5 Robert Enright, “The Pride of Influence: A Conversation with David Alexander,” Border Crossings 4, no. 3 (Summer 1997): 60. 6 Clement Greenberg, The Collected Essays and Criticism: Modernism with a Vengeance, 1957–1969, ed. John O’Brian (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993), 93. 27 pl ate 10 Visual Music for Ozzie, 1992, acrylic on canvas, 60 ϫ 68 in. pl ate 11 Winding through the Vault, 1992, acrylic on canvas, 24 ϫ 118 in.

I wanted to stare until whatever that other is that humans so desire happened, something that would finally, somehow, close the gap between me and the object of beauty. I thought that if I couldn’t respond as the knowledgeable art “consumer” or the serious critic, there had to be a way that I could be a part of this project, if only as someone who wanted to tell others about this artist’s work, so that I too could celebrate his achievement. It was apparent at once that Alexander and I do have some things in common: our love – almost a connoisseurship – of the much-denigrated Saskatchewan landscape, our common need to be in nature, and our practice of using nature as source and inspiration for our art.

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