Peter Alexander  (American, 1939) 

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Peter Alexander (American, b.1939) is a painter and sculptor that is most known for the resin sculptures he created in the 1960s and 1970s. He was born in Los Angeles, CA, and he studied at the University of Pennsylvania from 1957 to 1969, Architectural Association in England from 1960 to 1962, University of California at Berkeley from 1962 to 1963, University of Southern California from 1963 to 1964, and University of California at Los Angeles from 1964 to 1966, where he received both his BFA and MFA.

Alexander started as an architect and developed a reputation in the 1960s for creating translucent resin sculptures. He is also a prolific painter who has focused on landscape views of the lights of Los Angeles and murals. In addition, he enjoys fame outside of the art world, with his work featured in movies such as Erin Brockovitch, Terminator 3, and Shopgirl. Alexander was commissioned to paint a mural for the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and he was awarded Fellowship of the National Endowment for the Arts in 1980. His work has been seen in Fogg Art Museum in Massachusetts, Getty Museum in California, Minneapolis Institute of Contemporary Art in Minnesota, Museum of Contemporary Art in Hawaii, and many other museums and galleries across the United States. Some of his more famous works include Flo Line Drip, Beto, and Violet Black Edge.

Alexander’s colorful and emotion-filled paintings are stark differences to the resin sculptures that made him famous. Where his paintings have fluidity, the sculptures are roughly hewn and filled with sharp corners and straight lines. He employs unique colors to his resin sculptures, giving them a haunting beauty underneath the geometric patterns. He was a member of the Light and Space movement of the 1960s, which was based in California. This movement combined Op Art, Minimalism, and Geometric Abstraction. It is characterized by a focus on perceptual phenomena such as scale, volume, and light. This heavily influenced his work during the 1960s and 1970s. Alexander currently resides in Santa Monica, CA.

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Peter Alexander, 3/20/13

 

Peter Alexander
3/20/13
2013

Brian Gross Fine Art
Peter Alexander, Beto

 

Peter Alexander
Beto
2009

NYEHAUS
Peter Alexander, Palolo (From The Catalina Series)

 

Peter Alexander
Palolo (From The Catalina Series)
1984

Sondra Mayer Fine Art
Peter Alexander, Untitled (Drip)

 

Peter Alexander
Untitled (Drip)
1970

Quint Contemporary Art
Peter Alexander, Untitled (47)

 

Peter Alexander
Untitled (47)
2013

Ochi Gallery
Peter Alexander, Cuyucos

 

Peter Alexander
Cuyucos
1984

Art Resource Group
Peter Alexander, Caspar

 

Peter Alexander
Caspar
1984

Art Resource Group
Peter Alexander, 9/26/12

 

Peter Alexander
9/26/12
2012

Brian Gross Fine Art
Peter Alexander, Mira Mar Casablanca

 

Peter Alexander
Mira Mar Casablanca
2002

Ochi Gallery
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Peter Alexander, Untitled

 

Peter Alexander
Untitled, 1982
mesh netting, glitter paint, acrylic and collage on velvet

 

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Peter Alexander, Leucadia

 

Peter Alexander
Leucadia, 1984
oil and acrylic on canvas

 

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Peter Alexander, Corona

 

Peter Alexander
Corona, 1984
oil and acrylic on canvas

 

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1939   Born in Los Angeles
1957 - 1960   University of Pennsylvania
1960 - 1962   Architectural Association, London
1962 - 1963   University of California, Berkeley
1963 - 1964   University of Southern California, Los Angeles
1964 - 1965   B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
  Architectural Association London, England
2010   Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY
2009   Nyehaus, New York, NY
2009   Velvets and Palms, Gallery g169, Santa Monica, CA
2008   To Dive For, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2007   Pasadena City College, College Art Gallery, Pasadena, CA
2007   Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2007   Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY
2006   Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2005   Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2005   West!: Frank Gehry and the artists of Venice Beach, 1962-1978, Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN
2004   Water Paintings, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2003   Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2002   Brian Gross Fine Art at One Post Street, San Francisco, CA
2001   Semi Plein Air Paintings of Laguna, Peter Blake Gallery,
2001   Minimalism Then and Now UC Berkeley Art Museum. Sept 13 - May 27 2001
1999   Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
1997   Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans
1997   Brian Gross Fine Art San Francisco, CA
1997   Galerie Simonne Stern New Orleans, LA
1997   Approaching the Figure, Brian Gross Fine Art San Francisco, CA
1996   Paintings of the New Landscape, Peter Blake Gallery Laguna Beach, CA
1996   California Art from the Frederick R. Weisman Collections, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art Malibu, CA
1996   Grounded: Suburban Landscapes, Orange County Museum of Art Newport Beach, CA
1996   City of Vapor, Tatischeff/Rogers Gallery Santa Monica, CA
1996   Earl McGrath Gallery New York
1995   Gallery at 777 Los Angeles, CA
1995   Peter Blake Gallery Laguna Beach, CA
1995   A California Collection, Hunsaker/Schlesinger Gallery Santa Monica, CA
1995   Presence in Minimal and Postminimal Art: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Ellen Johnson Gallery of Modern Art Ohio
1995   Landscape: A Concept, Steven Oliver Art Center Oakland, CA
1995   Quintessential California, FACT Gallery Laguna Beach, CA
1995   Made in L.A.: The Prints of Cirrus Editions, Los Angeles County Museum of Art Los Angeles, CA
1994   75 Works, 75 Years: Collecting the Art of California, Laguna Art Museum Laguna Beach, CA
1994   Five Guys, Bank of America Costa Mesa, CA
1994   Nocturnes, Night Works, Frederick Spratt Gallery San Jose, CA
1994   Best of the West, Zero One Gallery Los Angeles, CA
1994   Shoes or No Shoes, Provincial Museum of Modern Art Oostende, Belgium
1994   Paper Presence, Jan Abrams Gallery Los Angeles, CA
1994   Brian Gross Fine Art San Francisco, CA
1994   Barbara Mathes Gallery New York, NY
1994   Craig Krull Gallery Santa Monica, CA
1993   James Corcoran Gallery Los Angeles, CA
1993   Sculpture and Multiples, Brooke Alexander Gallery New York, NY
1993   75 Works, 75 Years: Collecting the Art of California, Laguna Art Museum Laguna Beach, CA
1993   Abstraction in the Collection, Laguna Art Museum Laguna Beach, CA
1992   Individual Realities in the California Art Scene, Sezon Museum of Art & Seibu Tsukashin Hall Tokyo & Amagisaki, Japan
1992   Laguna Art Museum Laguna Beach, CA
1992   Charles Whitchurch Gallery Huntington Beach, CA
1992   James Corcoran Gallery Los Angeles, CA
1991   The Works Gallery Costa Mesa, CA
1991   James Corcoran Gallery Los Angeles, CA
1991   Brian Gross Fine Art San Francisco, CA
1991   Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, San Diego Museum of Art San Diego, CA
1990   Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Neuberger Museum, SUNY Purchase, NY
1990   Galerie Simonne Stern New Orleans, LA
1989   James Corcoran Gallery Los Angeles, CA
1989   Ed Hamilton: Master Printer, University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
1989   Daylight Savings Time, Galeria Joan Prats Barcelona, Spain
1988   Gallery 454 North Los Angeles, CA
1987   James Corcoran Gallery Los Angeles, CA
1987   Los Angeles Today: Contemporary Visions, Amerika Haus Berlin, Germany
1987   Selections from the Permanent Collection, Walker Art Center Minneapolis, MN
1986   Peter Alexander/Nicholas Wilder, James Corcoran Gallery Los Angeles, CA
1986   The Golden Land, San Diego Museum of Art San Diego, CA
1986   James Corcoran Gallery Los Angeles, CA
1985   Charles Cowles Gallery New York, NY
1985   James Corcoran Gallery Los Angeles, CA
1985   Spectrum: Los Angeles, Hartje Gallery Berlin, Germany
1984   Stephen Wirtz Gallery San Francisco, CA
1984   An International Survey of Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art New York, NY
1984   Fuller Goldeen Gallery San Francisco, CA
1984   Charles Cowles Gallery New York, NY
1984   van Straaten Gallery Chicago, IL
1983   Corcoran Biennial, Corcoran Gallery of Art Washington, D.C
1983   ARCO Center for Visual Art Los Angeles, CA
1983   L.A. Municipal Art Gallery Los Angeles, CA
1983   Cirrus Gallery Los Angeles, CA
1982   Thomas Babeor Gallery La Jolla, CA
1982   Thomas Babeor Gallery La Jolla, CA
1982   Cirrus Gallery Los Angeles, CA
1982   Echange entre Artistes, 1931-1982: Pologne-USA, Museum of Modern Art Paris & Lodz, Poland
1982   Charles Cowles Gallery New York, NY
1981   James Corcoran Gallery Los Angeles
1981   University of Colorado Boulder, CO
1980   Los Angeles County Museum of Art Los Angeles, CA
1978   The Weisman Collection, California State University Long Beach, CA
1976   Painting and Sculpture in California: The Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art San Francisco, CA
1976   California State University Long Beach, CA
1975   University of California Irvine, CA
1975   Bowers Museum Santa Ana, CA
1975   Comsky Gallery Beverly Hills, CA
1974   Jack Glenn Gallery San Diego, CA
1973   Art in Progress Munich, Germany
1973   Morgan Art Gallery Kansas City, KS
1973   The State of California Painting, Auckland City Museum New Zealand
1972   Documenta 72, Kassel Germany
1972   Jack Glenn Gallery San Diego, CA
1971   Michael Walls Gallery San Francisco, CA
1971   Transparency, Reflection, Light, Space, UCLA Art Galleries Los Angeles, CA
1970   300: New Multiple Art, Whitechapel Art Gallery London, England
1970   Nicholas Wilder Gallery Los Angeles, CA
1969   Janie C. Lee Gallery Houston, TX
1969   Locksley/Shea Gallery Minneapolis, MN
1969   New Materials and Methods, Museum of Modern Art New York, NY
1969   Whitney Annual, Whitney Museum of American Art New York, NY
1969   Fourteen Sculptors: The Industrial Edge, Walker Art Center Minneapolis, MN
1969   Highlights: 1968-69, Larry Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art Ridgefield, CT
1969   69th American Exhibition, Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, IL
1968   Robert Elkon Gallery New York, NY
1967   Small Images, California State College Los Angeles
  Between Reality and Abstraction: California Art at the End of the Century, Art Museum of South Texas, travelling to museums Corpus Christi, Honolulu, Pittsburgh, Scottsdale