Books & Catalogues

David Alexander: The Shape of Place

Author:

Liz Wylie

Year Published:

2012
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In Canada, it can be easy to consider landscape painting as cliché, an art form whose time has passed. David Alexander’s vibrant, large-scale works show the wonder and possibility that remain undiminished in paintings of the natural environment and breathe new life into the landscape tradition. Gathering together six essays on Alexander, this book provides insight into Alexander’s inspiration, creative drive, and the unique engagement with nature that has led him to seek out and paint remote locales across Canada and as far away as Greenland, Iceland, New Mexico, and Argentina. Award-winning writer Sharon Butala contributes an extended meditation on her first encounter with the artist and his work. An interview with Robert Enright reveals Alexander’s engagement with tradition, and texts by the late Gilbert Bouchard, Ihor Holubizky, Aðalsteinn Ingólfsson, and Liz Wylie, present a variety of insights into understanding and appreciating his art. A detailed chronology of Alexander’s career is included. Reproductions of his major works appear throughout and the essays are illustrated with preliminary paintings and working sketches, conveying insight into his creative process. A valuable discovery for those interested in nature and its artistic renderings, Alexander’s art is about conveying an immersion in the landscape. This book allows a similar presence within his lushly painted landscapes, imparting an intimate understanding of his art.

 

“Ten Pieces of Water”

Author:

Vernon, B.C

Year Published:

2011

 

“Moving Targets: in Flux”

Author:

Vernon Art Gallery,Vernon B.C.

Year Published:

2010

Essays by Lubos Cullen, Ihor Holubizk.

 

David Alexander,”Recent Works”

Author:

Galerie D’Avignon,Montreal

Year Published:

2009

 

“An Hour Before the Wind Blows the Colour Away”

Author:

Bau-Xi Gallery,Vancouver

Year Published:

2008

Essay by Gary Pearson.

 

“Outside In”

Author:

Peter Robertson Gallery, Edmonton

Year Published:

2008

Essay by Gilbert Bouchard.

 

“Rediscovering the Landscape of the Americas”

Author:

Gerald Peters Gallery,Santa Fe New Mexico

Year Published:

1996

Forward by Robert Redford, essay by Alan Gussow(NY).

 

“Continental Drift”

Author:

Mendel Art Gallery

Year Published:

1995

Essay by Dan Ring.

 

David Alexander:”Expanding the Tradition”

Author:

Mendel Art Gallery

Year Published:

1985

Forward by Linda Milrod, essay by Grant Arnold.