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Item Name: Painting
Title: Untitled (Island)
Maker: David T. Alexander
Year: 1986
Country: Canadian
Materials: acrylic on canvas
Measurements: overall: 120.6 cm x 125.8 cm
ID Number: PC86.2

Extended Label Info: This large painting is one of David Alexander’s early works, painted just after his graduation from the University of Saskatchewan. The somber colours loosely applied in thin acrylic washes evoke the muted palette of the prairies in the shoulder seasons of spring and fall. Primarily a landscape artist, Alexander often travels with his sketchbook and a small set of paints into remote areas. Returning to his studio, he uses his sketches and notes to develop his paintings. Though the studio affords Alexander both time and space to work on a large scale, he has cultivated a raw, slightly unfinished style, which evokes a sense of immediacy in his compositions. Alexander also strives to go beyond merely recording the contours of the landscape into creating a sense of his experience with the land. His later works emphasize this interest in the sense of place with deeper colours and looser paint stroke. Alexander describes his time spent in Saskatchewan as a watershed moment, when he began to question early influences of what landscape painting should look like, to hone his own practice of experiential looking, composition and painting. David T. Alexander (1947 – ) is an award-winning landscape painter currently based in the Okanagon region of British Columbia. Born in Vancouver into a family of painters, Alexander’s early years were influenced by visiting the studios of many Vancouver area painters: Emily Carr, Jack Shadbolt and Gordon Smith. Alexander’s formal studies in painting began at the Vancouver School of Art (1967-1970) and Vancouver Community College (1971-1972). He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1978 at Notre Dame University in Nelson, British Columbia. After attending a workshop in painting at Emma Lake in 1979, Alexander moved to Saskatchewan, and combined his research in New York, London and Paris with studying at the University of Saskatchewan and earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in 1985. His work is widely held in both public and private collections in Canada and internationally.

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