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The Shape of Place offers solitude at Confederation Centre Art Gallery

October 1, 2012

(Charlottetown) - Opening this week, Confederation Centre Art Gallery presents The Shape of Place - a survey exhibition of British Columbia-based artist David Alexander.
Alexander works in a modern landscape dialect and has traveled widely making his imagery international, as well as regional to parts of this country - Saskatchewan, the Kootenays, the Rockies and beyond. The painter seeks out places without a great deal of human footprint and strives to capture and convey the basic essence and natural histories of these sites. This exhibit displays large scale acrylics and is the culmination of seven years of the landscape artist's works.
"David Alexander has breathed fresh life into the genre of landscape painting, and we are very pleased to present this survey of his career in the gallery this fall," says Kevin Rice, director of the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. Alexander grew up on Canada's West Coast and spent his childhood motoring up and down the islands off the North West in a tug boat with this father. This epic, ever-changing landscape and his family's friendship with confidantes of famous B.C. painter Emily Carr left their marks on Alexander and his preferred style. He has since explored the natural world in many other settings, including the Arctic, Iceland, Greenland, and northern Scotland and all are present in this exhibit of richly layered depictions.
Each summer Alexander continues to hike and sketch in the Rockies and in the mountains of British Columbia. These rugged northern corners of the earth offer glimpses into his diverse range of expeditions and the absolute solitude that each provides.
The Shape of Place is organized and circulated by the Kelowna Art Gallery and is curated by Liz Wylie, curator with that gallery. The exhibit is accompanied by a trade book on the artist, published by McGill-Queen's University Press which is available at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.
David Alexander: The Shape of Place takes root this week and shows until December 23, 2013.
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Photo Cutline: Place of Domestication, 1998, acrylic on canvas, 170.1 x 147.3 cm. Collection of Carey Alexander. Photo: Yuri Akuney.