Giles Alexander was elected one of Australian Art Collector Magazine’s 50 most collectable artists in 2011 following exhibitions with NotFair 2010, Melbourne; Diane Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne; Grantpirrie Gallery, Sydney; Peter Walker Fine Art, Adelaide; Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong; Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, NSW and blackprojects, Milan. Alexander has been a finalist in numerous awards including the Archibald Prize in 2010 and 2011, The Fleurieu Art Prize in 2011 and The Moran Prize 2010. In 2012 he held a solo show ‘E=mc2?’ with the Fine Art Society, London; in 2013, ‘Our Father is a Red Giant’, Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney; in 2014, ‘Bruno’s Dream’, Australian High Commission, Singapore and ‘Alchemist’s Opus’, Peter Walker Fine Art, Adelaide. Alexander is represented by Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney and The Fine Art Society, London.
2010 Catalogue Entry:
Space, time and the sacrosanct are all fodder for Alexander’s investigation into the sacred and the profane. Cathedral interiors are limned with distortions that appear to be the result of technological processes. Computers – logic machines – the ultimate expression of the enlightenment project, seem to be facilitating a destruction of the imagery of the enlightenment’s old enemy – the Catholic church.
Alexander is currently completing his Masters in Painting at the National Art School (NAS), where he previously earned first class honours in Painting in 2006. Alexander won a five-year art scholarship to Bishop’s Stortford College in 1988 and subsequently went on to study art, photography and design at several British art institutes including Central Saint Martins in London. Alexander rapidly engaged with the Sydney art scene when he immigrated to Australia in 2000, enrolling at NAS with advanced standing in 2003. In 2005, while completing his final year of his Painting degree, he won the inaugural MCQ International art prize at the MCA and the Murray Sime prize for painting at the National Art School. The year after completing his honours year, Alexander won the 2007 Metro 5 art prize in Melbourne and had the first of three successful solo exhibitions at Mori Gallery, Sydney. In 2009 Alexander was also selected for the inaugural COMODAA (Contemporary and Modern Australian Art) exhibition in Covent Garden, London.