Born in Manhattan, Alex grew up in his father's Greenwich Village
sculpture studio, drawing and painting, looking at Howard Pyle and N.C. Wyeth illustrations, and art books. He earned a B.F.A. in Painting from Syracuse University (1977), travelled and studied in Florence and London, and moved to Charlotte, N.C. in 1980. Alex showed for 14 years with Center of the Earth Gallery in NODA, the premier gallery in Charlotte's original arts district. In 1999 he was included in New American Painting Vol.22. A Resident Artist at the McColl Center for Visual Art in 2000, he was named Best Artist in Charlotte Magazine the same year. His work was published in 'Great World Writers' (Marshall Cavendish, 2004). Alex has taught Painting and Drawing for the McColl Center for Visual Art (Charlotte), and for CPCC Continuing Ed. His work is regionally known and widely collected. He is married to painter Rebecca Jones, and has a daughter, Ali Tao Clark. Painting influences include Edgar Degas, George Grosz, and Leon Golub.
I work in a narrative figurative style that has sometimes been linked to magic realism. My paintings express thoughts and feelings about our world; the lessons of history, personal and universal. I usually work in Oil on canvas, but occasionally in Acrylic. I make pen & ink drawings and illustrations as well. I believe that if you have something to communicate you should do it clearly and directly. My work aims to provoke viewers to think about their world and world view- which I think is important, especially in these times which seem to get more vicious with each passing week. In the last few years I've moved toward a more consistent emphasis on contemporary subjects. I've worked on series of environmental subjects, a group of political portraits, and recently on images of gun violence.
b. 1955, New York, New York
Lives and works in Charlotte, N.C.