British painter Matthew Alexander, b. Kent, UK 1953, studied at Canterbury College of Art, Maidstone College of Art and the University of London. After graduating, Alexander became a teacher in his home town of Margate, whilst at the same time running courses in painting at local Adult Education Centres. Clearly, even at this early stage of his career, passing on knowledge, understanding and technique to others was important to Alexander, just as it was for his father and mentor, noted artist and lecturer Chris Alexander (1926-82), the main influence of Matthew's painting. In 1981 Alexander took the decision to become a self-employed artist and soon found a strong demand for his work which has continued to grow ever since, gaining a reputation as one of the country's finest landscape painters.
'As a landscape painter my senses are stirred by the landscape I am in or travelling through. It is the light and shadow, the sun or the cloud patterns, the shimmer of light on water, or the shade of a tree lined avenue. My concern is to express impressions from all my senses; sight, sound, smell and to try to give form to them in purely visual terms. Although I may feel that I am having some success in this, it is only truly tested and realised when the painting is exhibited and someone else feels the same impression that I sensed when I painted it.'
Deeply rooted in the great tradition of European landscape painting, the work of Matthew Alexander is clearly a continuation of the British Impressionist movement. With his mastery of traditional technique, and a present understanding, appreciation and acknowledgement of those who have explored the subject before him, Alexander is rightly considered a true extension of the lineage of great English landscape painters, a worthy successor to Constable and Seago alike.
'Art grows out of art and the artist needs to immerse himself in, not only the activity of his own painting, but to look for lessons and clues through a comprehensive knowledge of the past.'
A far cry from mimicry of the greats, Monet, Renoir, Degas or Pissaro, Alexander's engagement with the Impressionist legacy results in a stunning and incredibly modern landscape.
Matthew Alexander has exhibited at The Royal Academy, The Royal Watercolour Society, The Royal Institute of Oil Painters and The Royal Society of British Artists to which he was elected a member in 1985. Alexander has seen major success in solo exhibitions across the UK and US and has gained greater exposure in art fairs as well as in group exhibitions thorough his career.
Most recent Exhibition:
IN THE FOOTSTEPS ON IMPRESSIONISTS
29th November - 23rd December 2017