David T. Alexander
David T. Alexander is an established, award-winning Canadian artist known for his landscapes and water reflection imagery.
Alexander studied at the Vancouver Art School and at Langara College before graduating with a BFA from Notre Dame University. In 1980, he moved to Saskatoon to obtain his Master's degree while researching in New York, London and Paris. His international exhibitions have allowed him to explore and give lectures around the world. In 2006, Alexander attended the Morris Graves Foundation in California as an invited guest artist-in-residence, and completed a large body of small paintings on wood panels. Afterwards, he visited Tokyo and Kyoto and was inspired by the cities’ parks and water features. In 2008, he returned to the high Arctic as an invited member aboard a 75 ft. sailing ship. In 2010 he was a resident in the Grand Canyon and 2012 he was a guest artist for 2 months in Taos, New Mexico.
David Alexander's work can be found in many public, private and corporate collections throughout the world, including the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Museum of London, the University of Toronto, Concordia University in Montreal, the Museum of Art in Iceland, and in Embassies in Berlin, Beijing and Krakow. Corporate and private collections include those in major Canadian cities as well as in Dubai, Seoul, New York, Mumbai and Nice, among others. Alexander's signature landscapes and waterscapes represent his significant forty five year history in painting and drawing with a bold palette and gestural application.
WANDERING WANTS NO ROOT
Bau-Xi Toronto | November 5-19
Exciting new canvases by David T. Alexander are on display this November at Bau-Xi Toronto. WANDERING WANTS NO ROOT is a phrase that for Alexander describes a process, a distinct aesthetic, and a painted philosophy. Much in the same way that the artist’s brush wanders across his canvases—with linear strokes dissolving into pools of light and colour—so too does Alexander himself wander conceptually through his re-created, reflected worlds. New work communicates a nomadic approach to both paint and process: tall reeds spontaneously sprout out of their own reflection, the water’s surface a space of distortion and multiplication. Thick brush overlays landscapes with dark, impenetrable screens; Alexander’s land is just within view, not always entirely accessible, and often unattached to clear, geographic referents. WANDERING WANTS NO ROOT captures land as a map of shimmering surfaces, speculative spaces that bend and move before our eyes.