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John Alexander (American, b.1945)
LOT ID: 73245
The Grey Ghost, 1983

Oil, on Canvas
74 х 84 in. (187.96 x 213.36 cm.)
Signed, dated, and sized, on verso.
Lot description
Framed: 76 x 86 inches.

A powerful example of John Alexander’s Abstract Expressionist style, ‘The Grey Ghost’ is an oil on canvas executed in 1983. Demonstrating his vigorous use of line to build a multifarious composition, Alexander creates a stunning painting that writhes with dynamic energy throughout the surface. Abstracted forms fuse with his expressive lines in a scene of complexity and stunning visual elements, beautifully capturing one of the artist’s unique styles.

American artist John Alexander’s (b. 1945) diverse style ranges from abstraction to natural themes to figurative portrayals, often infused with dark humor and a keen sense of anxiety he feels in the studio. His non-representational work demonstrates an influence of Abstract Expressionism, with a complex study focused on the potential of line and power of composition. His figurative works maintain a satirical edge, employing a pictorial language to speak towards themes of identity, religion, politics, and the human condition. Exemplifying his variety as an artist, Alexander’s compelling paintings of flora and fauna are intimate studies of the natural world in beautifully captured scenes. Alexander received his BFA from Lamar University (Beaumont, TX) and his MFA from Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX). The artist has exhibited extensively worldwide and has had major retrospectives held at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, DC) and the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA).

Select Public Collections:
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
The Grey Ghost by John Alexander
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