Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Meet David Alexander - An Expressionistic artist.

I had the pleasure of meeting David Alexander, on a sunny afternoon, in Gallery Plus, in Belleville, Ontario. I was immediately taken by his unassuming, soft spoken manner and by the painting he had with him at the time.

David is a recently retired teacher from high school and the continuing education fields. He is married and has no children and has been a member of the collective gallery 121, in Belleville for over ten years.

David has been affiliated with a variety of art organizations over the years. On the local scene he has been associated with the ArtPlus Gallery and he is a member of the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Quinte Arts Council. He has also had associations with a couple of Toronto galleries and he is an alumnus of the Ontario College of Art. His works have been shown at Artisans du Monde in Montreal, and in other locations in Ontario.

David first realized that he had artistic talent when his friend's father,  introduced him to oil painting.  His enthusiasm helped him persevere through the learning curve until he learned how to paint.

David says that he was never discouraged even though he met many cautionary roadblocks thad made him realize that a career in art would be challenging and financially unrewarding.

When he looks back over his life he sees how it has been enriched by his experiences in art.  David  says that has he has been influenced by the work of such artists as Rosenquist, Anselm Keifer, Edward Munch, Rene Magritte, Van Gogh, Kathy Kollwitz, and Puvis de Chavannes.

David is presently working on a series of paintings, drawings and sculptures based on environmental and social commentary themes.  Stylistically, he is an expressionist who enjoys communicating his love of life through his work.

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