Giles Alexander’s art practice explores the visual discourse of belonging. He asks us how do we find a sense of belonging in a city, in a country, in the world, indeed in the universe? Alexander’s humanist preoccupations have led to a multi-disciplinary practice marked by high production value and technical skill. The artist is conscious that the questions he ponders - around belonging, origin and the universe - have absorbed humanity since we encountered the power of thought.
Alexander’s planetary work has been shown internationally with major presentations at The Fine Art Society Contemporary London, The Australian High Commission, Singapore and at Anthony Brunelli Fine Art, New York. Finalist in the Archibald Prize (2010, 2011, 2013), Sulman Prize (2013), Moran Prize (2012, 2016) and Blake Prize (2006, 2013). Private collections nationally and internationally, Alexander’s work has been acquired by the London Guildhall Art Gallery, Bond University, ANU, Gold Coast Gallery, Tweed River Gallery, Artbank and MCQ International.
“While there are a great many artists with the patience and physical skills to create beautiful detailed realist paintings, there are very few I consider to be ‘postmodern’, contemporary and history making. In fifty years I have essentially found 10 artists a decade, or one a year on average, who have, as they say ‘caught my eye’. Giles Alexander is the most recent one.”
Louis K. Meisel – April, 2018 (American author, art dealer and proponent of the photorealist art movement, having coined the term in 1969.)