Viewers familiar with Alexander’s work will recognize some of the characters who have populated his swamps, oceans, jungles, and dinner parties over the years. In the paintings and drawings gathered for this exhibition, the artist had identified works that play off the themes that have sustained him throughout his career.
The work of southern artists is often infused with a deep sense of place and time. Whether inspired by the small town of the artist’s birth, the land, the waters-be it river, lake, or sea-the music, the people, or even the animals, that sense of place shows up in subtle, surprising, or literal ways, unique to each artist. One World, Two Artists shows how the Gulf Coast was a shared source of inspiration to two native artists: John Alexander and Walter Anderson.