Peter Alexander (1939-2020)

Peter Alexander died Tuesday May 26. Peter was a friend. I met him in the 1980s at Cirrus Editions in Downtown Los Angeles, when he was printing Chula Vista I and II. I found him to be one of the most interesting and innovative of the wonderful Southern California artists who burst on the world art scene starting in the 1960s. He was always working on something new, and I tried to visit his studio every two years to see what was fresh. Peter was born in 1939 in Newport Beach, a fourth-generation Californian, and started surfing at 13. He was a landscape painter and painted our landscape as he lived in it. He painted our sunsets, clouds, the city at night in black and white, palm trees, the f

Peter Alexander's "Chula Vista I"

Peter Alexander (1939-2020) was one of LA’s iconic mid-twentieth century artists who celebrated this town over the span of his fifty five-year career. He has received multiple honors and awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1980 and the California Art Award in 2014. His work resides in the permanent collections of the Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He was a Jonathan Club Resident Artist member from 2006-2012, and from that relationship the Beach Club has been beautifully adorned by his works. One such lithographic print, Chula Vista I (1981), was generously lent to the Beach Club by JAF

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