Malcolm Alexander (1925-2014)
Mass, shape, and positive and negative space come alive in Malcolm Alexander's sculptures. Inspired by the human figure, his sensual interpretations move with rhythm and grace or stand powerfully solid as if married to the earth. Working in bronze, he creates tactile surfaces that compel the viewer to stroke and explore.
Born in Michigan, Alexander brings several decades of success to his current work. His formal education took place at Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles, CA, but he learned to become an "artist" through the mentoring relationships he had with Taos, NM legends Doel Reed, Howard Cook, Bettina Steinke and Emil Bisttram. For nearly three decades, Alexander's specialty was representational sculpture, including monumental portrait and figure groups. He sculpted sports giants such as Joe DiMaggio and Johnny Bench, actors such Jimmy Stewart and art collectors such as Harrison Eiteljorg, whose namesake museum is in Indianapolis, IN. Alexander's list of corporate commissions is impressive, including the 18-foot Alaska Pipeline Monument in Valdez, and the 18-foot monument commemorating the 25th Anniversary of Alaskan Statehood in Fairbanks.
In the mid-1980s, however, Alexander expanded his horizons, opting to forego his genius of capturing a likeness in favor of interpreting the human form filtered through his emotional landscape. Reminiscent of the work of British sculptor Henry Moore, Alexander's sculptures blend both a contemporary and primitive sensibility. Whether placed in a landscape setting or an interior, the shadows and highlights, edges and voids, and organic and architectonic lines take on ever-changing dimensions as the sun crosses the sky.