Giles Alexander
 

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Biography:

At aged twelve Alexander was the recipient of a prestigious 5 year art scholarship at Bishop’s Stortford College, in his native UK. After an Art Foundation at St Martin’s Art School in London, Alexander immigrated to Sydney in 2000 and gained advanced standing at the National Art School in 2003.

In 2005, he won the MCQ International art prize at the MCA and the Murray Sime prize for painting at the National Art School. During his Honors year he won the 2007 Metro5 art prize in Melbourne. Alexander’s work was selected for the director’s residency at Haunch of Venison gallery in New York in 2009. He was nominated for the 2012 Sovereign Asia Art Award in Hong Kong. His work has been included in many of the major awards and prizes in Australia multiple times, including the Archibald and Sulman prize at the Art Gallery of NSW, as well as the Moran, Blake, Duke and Fleurieu prizes. Alexander has held numerous solo exhibitions in Australia at galleries including Mori, GrantPirrie and Martin Browne Contemporary. In 2011 he began an association with The Fine Art Society in London. Established in the 1880’s, the New Bond Street gallery is one of the oldest commercial galleries in the world, spearheading the very notion of the ‘one-man-show’ with James McNeill Whistler.

Alexander’s work has also been exhibited widely at international art fairs including Art Hong Kong, London and Sydney Contemporary, Pulse Miami and Melbourne Art Fair as well as at the Australian High Commission, Singapore. In 2012 his work was curated as part of an exhibition marking the Queens golden jubilee in Hong Kong along with prominent UK artists David Hockney and Paula Rego. In 2014 his work was featured in Andrew Frost’s survey exhibition, ‘Conquest of Space’ and accompanying ABC documentary. His work has also been the subject of numerous articles and publications in print media and on-line.

Australian public collections include ANU, Art Bank and the Tweed River Gallery as well as internationally at The London Guild Hall. Alexander’s paintings have been collected privately in Australia, UK, Hong Kong, Singapore and USA.