I had a great conversation with American artist Alex Gross in Los Angeles. His paintings are figurative, surreal and are filled with his personal reflections on contemporary culture. He has had numerous solo exhibitions and has shown in dozens of museum and gallery exhibitions around the world. And he’s published four books of his work.
We talked about smartphones, superheroes, student debt, and lots of art and painting . . .

Here are the main points of what we talk about:

  • Contemporary artists,
  • Being in rock bands,
  • Symbols and meaning,
  • Play in art making,
  • Photoshoots,
  • Compositing,
  • Colour and pallet,
  • Pop surrealism,
  • Japan,
  • Saving face,
  • Cabinet cards,
  • Victorian era,
  • Steampunk,
  • Health and exercise,
  • Fatherhood,
  • Leaving space for meaning,
  • Tarot cards,
  • Everyday spiritual profundity,
  • Movies,
  • Teaching,
  • Social media,
  • Art fairs,
  • Galleries,
  • Modern culture,
  • Most moving painting to make,
  • Being self-employed,

To find out more about Alex and his work
http://www.alexgross.com/

Alex’s Instagram feed
https://www.instagram.com/artofalexgross/

Most moving paintings to make . . .

Arrival

Arrival

 

Departure

Departure

Referenced in the podcast . . .

Adam Buxton’s podcast with Jonny Greenwood
https://www.acast.com/adambuxton/ep.22-jonnygreenwood

 

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