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Artists > Alex Cree MA

Alex is an exclusively figurative painter. His ideas about painting stem from such various sources as renaissance, realist and symbolist art. He finds it of utmost importance to paint from life, drawings and the imagination and let these different processes inform each other. He is an accomplished portrait, still life and landscape painter but has a suspicion that subject matter of a more fantastical nature is where his heart truly lies.

He ponders the eternal questions that all painters face, namely: how to make a balanced composition? How to mix satisfying colours? How to address the flatness of a canvas and the roundess of space? How to create a compelling atmosphere or narrative? His work is a mixture of the intuitive and the academic, making clear nods towards past masters but also striking highly personal and original chords.

Born 1980

Art education
2006-2007 Prince of Wales Drawing School, Shoreditch: Postgraduate
          drawing year student.
2005-2006 Canterbury Christchurch University College, Kent: Invited
          to do Junior Painting Fellowship.
2005 Sligo, Ireland: Five months in a studio on the West Coast
          of Ireland, painting largely from the landscape.
2003-2004 Barcelona, Spain: One year spent primarily painting and
          learning largely from the landscape.
2002 Bangor, Ireland: Invited to paint at Clandeboye estate
          with the Prince of Wales Drawing School.
1999-2002 Canterbury Christchurch University College, Kent:Three-
          year BA(Hons)course in Fine Art (painting). Received a
          first class honours degree. Awarded the Sidney Cooper 
          prize for drawing.
1998-1999 The Arts Institute at Bournemouth: One year BTEC in Art
          Foundation Studies. Received a merit.
1993-1998 Sherborne School, Dorset: Art with Art History
          (A-certificate of excellence). Art Exhibitioner to

Solo Exhibitions
2006      Moignes Court, Dorchester, Corset (2nd Moigne Biennial)
2004      Moignes Court, Dorchester, Dorset (A year in Barcelona)

Selected Group Exhibitions
2008      Opening Show, Gallery LeFort, Bath
2007      End of year show, Prince of Wales Drawing School,
               Shoreditch (drawings-Oct, paintings-Sept)
2007      Out With In, La Galleria, Pall Mall
2006      Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Gallery
2006+5    Autumn Show, Castle Upton Gallery, Belfast
2005      Drawing Exhibition, Coloured Rain Gallery, Belfast
2004      Corn Exchange, Dorchester, Dorset
2004      Christmas Show, Solomon Gallery, Dublin
2003      The Atrium Gallery, Bournemouth University
2002      The Lennox Gallery, Chelsea, London
2002      Canterbury Christ Church University College (Degree Show)
2001      Pangbourne College, Reading

Graphic Design Work
          Buttercuts record labels
          Cheeky Productions theatre group
          Magic Drum drumming workshops

Liverpool Street Station
Alex Cree MA


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