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ARTISTS > Alex Schaefer

Alex Schaefer

SHOWS @ CJG:

  • ArtPadSF 2013
  • Miami Project 2012
  • Irrational Exuberance
  • Dallas Art Fair 2012
  • PULSE Miami 2011

  • Artist's Catalog (pdf, 1.87 Mb)


    Artist's Website


    BIO/STATEMENT:

    Investigating issues of excess, criminality, and history, Alex Schaefer’s paintings work together as expressive and documentary evidence of the current financial crisis, its sources and place in history. Very recently, Schaefer gained notoriety for his plein air paintings of various Los Angeles Chase Bank locations, which he painted being consumed by fires. As performative works, the banks aflame series was successful in drawing the ire and concern of actual Chase bankers, who had Schaefer rousted by police both during the act of painting and later at his home. Like most absurdist overreactions, Schaefer’s treatment as a criminal suspect also resulted in a considerable spike of press attention, and an auction sale of the first burning bank painting for over $20,000 dollars. Schaefer’s source material draws from a wide range of inputs, from the aforementioned “landscapes” of the bank buildings themselves, to historical photographic imagery, art historical scenes, and found photographic content lifted from public photo sharing sites.

    Alex Schaefer (b.1969 Los Angeles) took his BFA from the Art Center College of Design in 1992. He worked 9 years as an artist in the video game industry for Disney and Insomniac Games doing 2-D texture mapping, lighting and 3-D modeling. 11 years ago Schaefer dedicated himself full time to painting, and now teaches at the Art Center College of Design. Schaefer’s work has been covered in the LA Times, ArtINFO, The New York Observer, the Huffington Post, and Artillery Magazine. The artist lives and works in Los Angeles.

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Bank of America Burbank Oil on canvas 40 x 32 inches 2012