Just a little movie I found on YouTube that shows Alex working on a painting of his entitled La Fonda. I started looking at it and saw what he was doing and said to myself "What is he doing, that's going to make a right mess .... but I was wrong.
See what you think
Did you notice that he speaks about the painting speaking to him. He listens to the painting. A hypnotist like myself would pick up on that instantly, because most of us would say something like "I look at the painting" or "I can see that I need to add some blue in the corner ...." But he speaks about listening and that's unusual.
Most of us are visually orientated when it comes to describing things or even in casual conversation, for example "Oh, I see what you mean" Most of us would never say "I hear what you're saying" I know some do, but that's the point I'm making.
And of course he's in a very visual occupation. I would expect a musician to use that mixture of words. I sure he'd be a fascinating person to have a conversation with down the pub.
But anyway, that's just a little curiosity about him.
I do like the finished painting very much. It is very clever and creative AND the compositions are very interesting.
I use masking tape myself in my own work, but nothing like the same extent. That would really irritate me.
I love contrasting textures like he seems to. I like 3D or high relief work but not as big as Frank Stella's work.
I like too see one texture or shape morphing out of the next or into the next and trying to make it look like a natural process from the first rough texture to the adjacent texture.
Alex seems to have each texture clearly separated from the next
I like to make very complicated images with lots of variety in each one, so you need to look at it for half an hour and still not remember everything you've been looking at.
I include puzzles for the viewer to try and solve. What's the connection between a nipple and a cigarette ?