Alexander Creswell

British, b. 1957

38 followers

Alexander Creswell

Bio

British, b. 1957

Followers
38

Notable Works

View all works
Biography

Classically inspired watercolorist Alexander Creswell paints monuments—from antiquity to the Baroque—alongside modern urban and architectural spaces. Using custom-sized watercolor paper to accommodate his massive paintings, he exploits the properties of the medium to absorb and refract light and to create large, theatrical experiences of landscape. The size allows him to capture parts of monuments so detailed as to almost stand alone as individual landscape paintings. British painter J.M.W. Turner was of formative influence to Creswell’s vigorous, gestural brushstrokes and use of light. In “The Grand Scale” (2004-2006), he exhibited the largest classical watercolors on a single sheet ever painted to date. In preparation for the exhibition, he toured monuments all over Europe, making provisional sketches of the sites of antiquity traditionally painted by European Neoclassical painters of the 17th through 19th centuries.

Related Categories
Biography

Classically inspired watercolorist Alexander Creswell paints monuments—from antiquity to the Baroque—alongside modern urban and architectural spaces. Using custom-sized watercolor paper to accommodate his massive paintings, he exploits the properties of the medium to absorb and refract light and to create large, theatrical experiences of landscape. The size allows him to capture parts of monuments so detailed as to almost stand alone as individual landscape paintings. British painter J.M.W. Turner was of formative influence to Creswell’s vigorous, gestural brushstrokes and use of light. In “The Grand Scale” (2004-2006), he exhibited the largest classical watercolors on a single sheet ever painted to date. In preparation for the exhibition, he toured monuments all over Europe, making provisional sketches of the sites of antiquity traditionally painted by European Neoclassical painters of the 17th through 19th centuries.

Get the Artsy iOS app
Discover, buy, and sell art by the world’s leading artists
To download, scan this code with your phone’s camera