Fragmented portraits in multiple styles.
Alex Cutler's portraits are fragments of feelings expressed through paint in application, style, reference and form. These fragments, including mid-century furniture, suggest the “sitters” multifaceted personality.
"In this new series of paintings I’ve combined my love for the tradition of portrait painting with a mission to explore a more spontaneous painting process.
The chair acts as a catalyst to invent a seated portrait with no actual sitter. This crux ignites an intuitive series of decisions that capture the varying moods and mind states I bring to the studio. The act of explorative painting in its many forms becomes the personality of the portrait.
I felt technically very liberated in this process, unbound by the objective of capturing a likeness, it was about creating the right marks in the right places. The colors, application and spirit of the painting were of utmost importance; an arm suddenly didn’t have to be an arm it could be represented by the limb of a cactus or simply the color orange."
Alex Jerre Cutler (b. 1988) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
Alex's work has been exhibited in group and solo shows in Los Angeles, New York, Denver, Palm Springs and Santa Fe.