Matthew Alexander has a well established reputation as a renowned and leading contemporary British landscape painter. He demonstrates a mastery of technique that easily rivals the Modern British painters such as Edward Seago and therefore places him as one of the country's finest landscape painters.
Alexander's main influence can be attributed to his father, Chris Alexander (1926-82), a noted artist and lecturer. Like his father, Alexander originally worked in education, teaching at a secondary school and running courses in landscape painting at adult education centres in Kent.
In 1981, with three children, Alexander made the brave decision to pursue his primary interest and work exclusively on painting. Alexander was soon exhibiting in major galleries in the South of England and this strong demand for his work encouraged him to submit to major exhibitions in London including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, The Royal Watercolour Society, The Royal Institute of Oil Painters and The Royal Society of British Painters, to which he was elected as a member in 1985.
The artist has a focused approach to his work saying, '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 etc. and to try to give form to them in purely visual terms, using paint and within the confines of the framed picture.'
MATTHEW ALEXANDER - BACKGROUND & EDUCATION
1953 Born in Margate
1970-71 Canterbury College of Art
1971-74 Maidstone College of Art
1974-75 University of London Institute of Education
1975-86 Art teacher full-time / part-time, Adult Education
1986 Established Matthew Alexander Publications
MATTHEW ALEXANDER EXHIBITIONS
1981 First one-man show at Library Gallery, Margate, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
1981 New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
1989 Nevill Gallery, Canterbury one-man show
1991 Crumps Gallery Canterbury.
1993 Llewellyn-Alexander, London
Crump’s Gallery Canterbury
1994 Nevill Gallery Canterbury.
1994 Royall Fine Art Tunbridge Wells Kent
1995 Nevill Gallery Canterbury, one-man show.
1995-2005 David Messum Gallery, Cork Street, London
1998 Barnes Gallery Greenwich Connecticut, USA
1999 Victorian Gallery Dallas, Texas, USA
2000 Barnes Gallery Greenwich Connecticut, USA
2001 Royall Fine Art Tunbridge Wells Kent
2002 Cavalier Gallery Greenwich Connecticut USA
2003 Royall Fine Art Tunbridge Wells, Kent
2004 Brian Sinfield Gallery, Burford
2005 Royall Fine Art Tunbridge Wells, Kent
2010 Thompsons’s Gallery, Marylebone, London
MATTHEW ALEXANDER - MIXED EXHIBITIONS
1975 Joint show with father Chris and brother Gregory
1982 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Cork Street Fine Art Ashbarn Gallery, Hampshire
1983 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Society of Marine artists, RBA, elected
ROI, Hunting Group Finalist, Royal West of England Academy
1984 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Elected member of the Royal Society of British
Artists, Hammerson Purchase Prize
1985 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Society of British Artists
1987 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Society of British Artists
1988 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Society of British Artists
New English Art Club, Royal Society of Watercolourists Open Exhibition
1990 Peoples and Places, touring Exhibition in association with Kent County Libraries
1991 Extensive travel in association with KPMG
Catto Gallery for Exhibition of Paintings of Europe
1992 Catto Gallery London, Bankside Gallery London two-man show. Traveling shows to Paris,
The Hague, Dublin, Brussels, Birmingham
1993 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition,
2006 Walker Gallery Harrogate.
2007 Bourne Gallery Reigate.
2008 Royall Fine Art Tunbridge Wells
Alan Barnes Fine Art Dallas Texas
Walker Galleries Harrogate
Bourne Gallery Reigate
2009 Alan Barnes Fine Art Dallas Texas
Royall Fine Art Tunbridge Wells
MATTHEW ALEXANDER - COMMISSIONS & OTHER INFORMATION
Featured Artist for Meridian Television art programme ‘The Frame’ Produced by Topical TV.
Commission for Cunard to produce eight oil paintings for the new ocean liner, Queen Mary 2
1993 Book; ’Step by Step Watercolour’ published by Weidenfeld and Nicholson
MATTHEW ALEXANDER - PUBLIC & CORPORATE COLLECTIONS
Rochester Bridge Trust
Kent County Council