Peter Alexander (artist)

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Peter Alexander
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Peter Alexander speaking in front of his 48 ft mural "Blue"
Born (1939-02-27) 27 February 1939 (age 75)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Known for Sculpture, Painting
Movement Light and Space
Website
http://www.peteralexander.com

Peter Alexander (born 27 February 1939[1]) is an American artist. A member of the Light and Space artistic movement in southern California in the 1960s, he is best known for his resin sculptures from the 1960s and 1970s.[2]

Biography[edit]

Peter Alexander was born in Los Angeles in 1939. He studied at the University of Pennsylvania (1957–60); the Architectural Association in London (1960–62); the University of California, Berkeley (1962–1963); the University of Southern California (1963–64); and the University of California, Los Angeles (1964–65 and 1965–66).[3]

After initially working as an architect,[4] he rose to prominence in the 1960s with translucent resin sculptures. He has also produced paintings, including a series that depicts luminous aerial views of the city lights stretching across the Los Angeles basin. He also was commissioned to paint a large mural for the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.[5]

His art has appeared in the films Erin Brockovich, Terminator 3 and Shopgirl.[6]

He was a longtime friend of Christopher Isherwood.[7] A portrait of Alexander by Isherwood's former lover Don Bachardy has been displayed at the Laguna Art Museum.[8]

In October 2011, Craig Krull Gallery exhibited a survey of Alexander's work, including paintings and sculptures from 1970 - 2009[9] in conjunction with Pacific Standard Time. Alexander will be exhibited in Pacific Standard Time museum shows as well, including "Civic Virtue: The Impact of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and the Watts Towers Arts Center", organized by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, "Phenomenal: California Light and Space" at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and "Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Paintings and Sculpture 1945-1970" at the J. Paul Getty Museum.[10]

Awards[edit]

In 1980 he was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.[11]

Selected collections[edit]

Personal life[edit]

He lives in Santa Monica, California.[12] He has been married twice, with two grown-up daughters from his first marriage and a son from his second.[13]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Archives of American Art