About

Alexander Churchill was born in San Diego California and raised in Vermont. In his time in rural towns Alex learned to appreciate the natural world and developed a curiosity for how humanity fits within it. Alex's curiosity for nature and science has always run parallel to his philosophical and artistic curiosity, and efforts in meeting the two has become a focus that drives his artistic practice. Alex earned a Bachelors degree in Fine Art from Green Mountain College in 2008 and works as an oil painter in Connecticut. 

 

Exhibitions:

2017:

-"Fight or Flight" Group Exhibition, The Painting Center, New York, NY

-"Dream Sequence" Group Exhibition, Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, California

 

2016:

-Create Magazine, Issue 2

-Fresh Paint Magazine International Issue 14 August 2016

-"Uncanny Valley" Solo Exhibition, Hud Gallery, Ventura, CA

-"Surreal Salon" Group exhibition, Baton Rouge Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA

 

2015:

-"Outside Influence" Group Exhibition, Treo Gallery, New Orleans, LA

-"Intelligent Objects: Empathetic and Smart Art" Creative Arts Workshop, Hilles Gallery, Juried Exhibition, New Haven, Ct

-"Wide Open 6" Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Juried Exhibition, Brooklyn, NY

-Studio Visit Magazine Vol. 29

-Artist Portfolio Magazine "LA vs NY" 

 

2014:

-International Fine Art Competition and Exhibition, Agora Gallery, New York, Ny

-"Not so Still Life" Southport Galleries, Group Exhibition- Southport, Ct

 

2013:

-"Haunting" Linus Gallery, Juried online exhibition, Pasadena, Ca

-24th Annual Juried Competition and Exhibition, Viridian Artists INC. New York, NY, Juror: Elisabeth Sussman, *Honorable Mention
-2013 Alumni Art Exhibition, Feick Arts Center, Green Mountain College, Poultney, Vt


2012: 
-4th Annual National Figurative Art Competition and Competition, Lore Degenstein Gallery,

Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pa

 

2011: 
-3rd Annual National Figurative Art Competition and Competition, Lore Degenstein Gallery, 

Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pa - 2nd place winner
-Anthropolgie Local Artist Group Show- Westport, Ct

 

Statement:

  I see Art as a confluence between a curiosity for the extra-mental physical world and a curiosity for the internal world of the self. My work is an attempt to interpret and express those curiosities in a way that is relevant in my own time and experience. The exploration of possibilities and the self critical nature of art creation opens up an objective examining of my personal sphere of subjective existence. Culture, race, heritage, place, purpose, and societal participation come into play when looking at the experiential niche I occupy. My paintings are a hyperbolic analysis of my own ignorance and privilege using the trope of the wealthy white western entitled youth.
  After spending more than a year between 2015 and 2016 living within one of the richest communities in America I have found myself fascinated by the incongruous relationship between wealth and the connective bond of humanity. Coming from the perspective of a much lower tax bracket and the contrastingly different background of rural Vermont I have found myself an outsider, seeing this way of life as something wholly unnatural and dissociative. Observing complacency, entitlement, cognitive dissonance and the ennui of a comfortable society has informed a subject matter that underscores the themes in my recent work.
  Visual Contradictions and tensions illustrate these themes in a presumed narrative approach and are a foundation from which the work evolves, creating an anxiety that leaves the viewer with a sense of disharmonious engagement. Chaotic and incoherent color schemes intermingle with complacent infantile subject matter and competing painting styles. Whether it is between empathy and mistrust, attraction and repulsion, or curiosity and apathy, conflict and the navigation around it will always be the cornerstone of the work serving as a reflection of awareness itself.