Steven Alexander: Efforts of Affection
HOUSTON, TX—Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Inc. is pleased to announce an exhibition by American painter Steven Alexander, with an opening reception on Thursday, April 6 from 6-8 p.m. Efforts of Affection features a selection of work from the past decade of Alexander’s oeuvre, along with a group of recent paintings.
For more than forty years, Steven Alexander has explored the language of abstract painting. Moving ever deeper into the nuances of visual form and meaning, his work is a metaphorical speculation about the nature of being in the world.
Employing a variety of deceptively simple geometric configurations, Alexander constructs undulating color situations and ambiguous presences that radiate out into the viewer's space. His reductive paintings are built of multiple thin layers of color that create translucent surfaces infused with undertones and overtones. Shapes are placed side by side to form color chords that reference the history of painting, and echo the viewer's gaze.
The exhibition title, Efforts of Affection, a phrase borrowed from the Italian poet Petrarch, refers to the works as physical embodiments of the stuff of life and love, and to the regenerative nature of painting. Alexander's primary interest is in the interaction between the painting and the viewer. His iconic paintings operate as catalysts to dislodge the viewer's consciousness from its day-to-day pattern. They create new places in the world for the viewer's imagination to wonder, reflect, or be still—potential states of being, embodied in paint.
The exhibition will run through May 6, 2017. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
For more information about this exhibition or to schedule an interview with the artist, please contact Mary Anna Billingsley at email@example.com or visit www.gremillion.com.
About the Artist:
Born in 1953 in west Texas, Alexander moved to New York in 1975, completing an MFA in painting at Columbia University. A member of the venerable American Abstract Artists group in New York, Alexander has been awarded grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Belin Foundation, a studio residency at PS 1 Contemporary Art Center and numerous public commissions. Alexander has been Artist-in-Residence at Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy, and Visiting Artist at Bowdoin College and Parsons School for Design. Currently Professor of Visual Arts at Marywood University, Alexander maintains a home and studio in the hills of eastern Pennsylvania.
About Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Inc.
The essence of Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Inc. is the provision of financial and professional support for serious artists. Commemorating thirty-six years of dedication to this goal, Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Inc. takes pride in the many long-standing relationships it enjoys with painters, sculptors and printmakers throughout the United States and Europe.