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Peter Alexander
Contemporary (post 1945) Painting, sculpture
(Los Angeles, CA, February 27, 1939 - May 26, 2020, Los Angeles, CA)

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 B.A. degree, 1964-65; and the University of California, Los Angeles, M.F.A. degree, 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. Special Projects 1971 PBS Documentary, "Artists of America" series 1975 Paramount Pictures, prop drawings for the film "Day of the Locust" 1984 "Amphitheatre of Light: A Prelude to the XXIII Olympiad, Hollywood Bowl, July 27, 1984; visual images in collaboration with Frank Gehry and Ron Hays. 1988 "Eight West Coast Artists", a print project arranged by Ediciones Poligrafia, Barcelona 1989 Commissioned art for Santa Monica Municipal Airport, California 1994 Commissioned sculpture for the 777 Building, Los Angeles, architect Cesar Pelli, client South Figueroa Plaza Associates One Man Exhibitions 1968 Robert Elkon Gallery, New York 1969 Janie C. Lee Gallery, Houston, Texas Locksley/Shea Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota 1970 Nicholas Wilder Gallery, Los Angeles 1971 Michael Walls Gallery, San Francisco 1972 Jack Glenn Gallery, San Diego, California 1973 Art in Progress, Munich, Germany Morgan Art Gallery, Kansas City, Kansas 1974 Jack Glenn Gallery, San Diego, California 1975 University of California, Irvine Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, California Comsky Gallery, Beverly Hills, California 1976 California State University, Long Beach 1980 Los Angeles Institute for Contemporary Art 1981 James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles University of Colorado, Boulder 1982 Thomas Babeor Gallery, La Jolla, California Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles Charles Cowles Gallery, New York 1983 ARCO Center for Visual Art, Los Angeles (catalogue) Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (catalogue) Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles 1984 Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco van Straaten Gallery, Chicago Charles Cowles Gallery, New York Fuller Goldeen Gallery, San Francisco 1985 Charles Cowles Gallery, New York James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles 1986 James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles 1987 James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles 1988 Gallery 454 North, Los Angeles 1989 James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles (catalogue) 1990 Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans 1991 The Works Gallery, Costa Mesa, California "Sculpture 1966-72", James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles (catalogue) 1991 Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco 1992 "Century: A Painting by Peter Alexander", Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California "Peter Alexander: The Velvet Paintings", Charles Whitchurch Gallery, Huntington Beach, California "Skycam", James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles 1993 Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans "Las Vegas", James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles 1994 Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York (catalogue) Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica 1995 Gallery at 777, Citicorp Plaza, Los Angeles Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, California 1997 Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans, Louisiana Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco Galerie Janine Rubeiz, Beirut, Lebanon 1998 Stremmel Gallery, Reno, Nevada Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica 2000 Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach


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