Peter Alexander (1939-2020)

Peter Alexander was born in Los Angeles in 1939. His education includes the University of Pennsylvania, 1957-60; Architectural Association, London, England, 1960-62; University of California, Berkeley, 1962-63; University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1963-64; University of California, Los Angeles, where he received a BA degree, 1964-65 as well as an MFA 1965-66.

Alexander became a painter who was influenced by the Light and Space movement in California. His primary subject is the play of light over water and clouds. In paintings and drawings, he has depicted under-water fantasies, shimmering seascapes and dark clouds glowing with sunlight or lightning.

A series of black velvet paintings was deliberate kitsch, with glitter and garish colors. In Alexander's sumptuous yet ordered world of fantasy, colors are often exaggerated, and metallic pigments applied in thick clots and thin ribbons to create shining artificial surfaces. He has also made lithographs.

Alexander received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He was Artist in Residence at California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, 1970-71; University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, 1981; Centrum Foundation, Washington, 1982; and Sarabhai Foundation, Ahmedabad, India, 1983.  He was a Jonathan Club Resident Artist Member from 2006 to 2012.

Chula Vista I
Chula Vista I

1981 Lithograph, edition AP4, 30 x 35 inches

Cloverfield
Cloverfield

2000 Archival pigment print on canvas, edition 14/20, 41 1/2 x 48 inches

Vertical
Vertical

2002 Archival ink jet print on canvas, 20 x 28 inches

Uni
Uni

2005 Ink jet print with acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 106 x 48 inches

Cayucos--Red Explosion
Cayucos--Red Explosion

1984 Lithograph, 30 x 36 inches Artist Proof

Coronado--Yellow Orange
Coronado--Yellow Orange

2000 Archival ink jet print on canvas (Monoprint), 40 x 43 inches

Payne
Payne

2005 Archival ink jet print on canvas (Monoprint), 40 x 43 inches

Rose
Rose

2005 Archival ink jet print on canvas (Monoprint), 40 x 43 inches

Redmond
Redmond

2005 Archival ink jet print on canvas (Monoprint), 40 x 43 inches