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Peter Alexander: PCC Artist in Residence 2007

Peter Alexander was born in Los Angeles in 1939. He studied at the University of Pennsylvania (1957-60); the Architectural Association in London, England (1960-62); the University of California, Berkeley (1962-1963); the University of Southern California, Los Angeles (1963-64); and the University of California, Los Angeles, where he received his B.A. (1964-65) and M.F.A. (1965-66) degrees.

Rising to prominence in the 1960s with translucent resin sculptures, Alexander has since become widely admired for his paintings, including a series that depicts luminous aerial views of the city lights stretching across the Los Angeles basin. He also was commissioned to paint a large mural for the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles.

Alexander has held dozens of exhibitions internationally, and his work was the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the Orange County Museum of Art in 1999. He is represented in many public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Norton Simon Museum, and the Getty Museum.

(Excerpt from the Visual Arts & Media Studies Division Newsletter, December 11, 2006)

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  • Baker, Kenneth. “Darkness and Light in Crocker Plaza Lobby.” San Francisco Chronicle 31 Aug. 2002: D10. Proquest. (Full text)
  • Clothier, Peter. “Style/Design; Reflections from a Pool: Artist Peter Alexander Finds Inspiration in the Landscape at Santa Monica’s Miramar Hotel.” Los Angeles Times 12 May 2002: 1. Proquest. (Full text)
  • Davis, Phil. “Va-Va-Velvet: The Art Medium That Refuses to Die is Coming Back, but with a Twist: Respect.” Los Angeles Times 19 Aug. 1998: 1. Proquest. (Full text)

  • Drohojowska-Phil, Hunter. “Art & Architecture: Translating Memories with a Light Touch: On the Eve of His First Survey Show, Peter Alexander Remembers the Origins of His Luminous Work.” Los Angeles Times16 May 1999: 56. Proquest. (Full text)
  • Edelman, Robert G. “Review of Exhibitions: Peter Alexander.” Art in America Dec. 1994: 94. Proquest. (Full text)
  • Hodder, Monroe. “Unto Caesar: Peter Alexander at Brian Gross Fine Art.” Artweek 20 Oct. 1994: 18. (Paper copy available in the Shatford Library periodicals section, main floor).

  • Knight, Christopher. “Art Review: Throughout a Versatile Career, a Continuing Light Motif: A 30-Year Survey of L.A.-Based Artist Peter Alexander’s Wide-Ranging Works Illustrates His Mastery of Luminous Effects and Transparent Color." Los Angeles Times 15 June 1999: 1. Proquest. (Full text)
  • Letran, Vivian. “Plein-Air Painting: Making His Own Rules: Artist Peter Alexander Brings Interpretation to the Outdoor Genre, Which is Known for Its Realism. His Work Didn’t Win the Laguna Beach Contest in July, but the Nighttime Scenes Made a Splash.” Los Angeles Times 15 Aug. 2001: F2. Proquest. (Full text)
  • Meyers, Holly. “Around the Galleries: Freeways Connect and Divide.”  Los Angeles Times15 Sept. 2006: E22. Proquest. (Full text)
  • Newhall, Edith. “Peter Alexander at Barbara Mathes.” Art News Dec. 1994: 140. (Paper copy available in the Shatford Library periodicals section, main floor).

  • Salzman, Linda Sher. “A Disregard for Formal Issues.” Artweek 6 Aug. 1988: 7. (Paper copy available in the Shatford Library periodicals section, main floor).

  • Webb, Michael. “The Art Issue; Rest. Work, Stop: When Where You Toil Helps How You Create, Then Achieving the Ideal Space is a Dream Come True. Michael Webb Drops In on Four Artists with Great Digs.” Los Angeles Times 11 June 2006: I42. Proquest. (Full text)


  • Alexander, Peter. Peter Alexander: In This Light. Newport Beach: Orange County Museum of Art, 1999. Location: Third floor 709.2 A 3

  • Translucence: Southern California Art from the 1960s & 1970s. Pasadena: Norton Simon Museum, 2006. Location: Third floor 709.794 T 1

    Web version compiled by P. Johnson 2/2010