John Alexander | Artists’ Chronicles: 2020

The Arthur Roger Gallery is checking in with gallery artists. Today’s feature is on John Alexander. 

John Alexander, a skilled draftsman, and a sharp-eyed satirist has spent a career rendering the dark side of man, the glorious side of nature, and the destruction of both. He describes his work as a “glimpse of paradise before the wrecking ball hits.” His keenly observed nature drawings and paintings play a central role in his career.

Born in 1945 in Beaumont, Texas, Alexander remained in southeast Texas until entering graduate school at Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 1969. Upon completing an MFA in 1970, he moved to Houston, established a studio, and became a member of the art faculty of the University of Houston. In the late 1970’s Alexander left Texas for New York.​ The artist currently divides his time between New York City and Amagansett.

His work is included in the permanent collections of leading museums including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; the Dayton Institute in Ohio, the Dallas Museum of Art; The Meadows Museum in Dallas, The McNay Museum in San Antonio, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Nevada Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans; the Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, as well as many other distinguished public and private collections worldwide.