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.
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
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