PETER ALEXANDER 2007
A native of Los Angeles, Alexander first gained widespread recognition in the 1960s for his translucent resin sculptures. He became associated with the "Finish Fetish" (or "Fetish Finish") movement, a group of young artists centered around Venice, California. These artists employed materials like plastic polymers to embody their interest in color and light as well as the region itself. There Alexander set off on the course that would define his career. In the decades to follow as he continued to explore similar themes while connecting his work to the great tradition of representational painting and drawing. As Alexander said in a recent interview, "It's about the sublime." Alexander trained as an architect for several years before ultimately earning degrees in fine art at UCLA. His work continues to show the sensitivity to spatial concerns one might expect of an architect, and he has produced site-specific works in buildings by some of the world's leading architects, including Cesar Pelli and Frank Gehry.