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Alexandra Baraitser

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Degree: MA Painting
University: Chelsea School of Art
Graduation Year: 1995

Artist Statement

Through the process of painting I make my own interpretation of iconic architecture and its associated lifestyle. The fashionable scenes that I paint are populated but focus on the non-communication or separation of each figure from the other - which infers an emotional absence. My iconic frozen-in-time scenes allow a human presence, but the characters are speechless and isolated. The work thus shows an interest in the relationship between the figures and the architectural spaces that surround them.

My paintings also pay homage to the greatest design classics of the twentieth century. I start by choosing an image from an array of magazines and books (some of which are from as far back as 1939). Then the image is faithfully transcribed into hyperreal paintings. Futuristic design, iconic architectural form, a bridge connecting two cities in two countries: these things are exciting as they create a platform for new experiences. I want to capture a designed object's unique beauty and strength. A new series of canvases are inspired by the 1970s design store Artemide (my source material is old 70s design magazines found at flea markets) and the contemporary design store Illums Bolighus in Copenhagen.

I am also a curator with experience curating at ArtKapsule, Arthouse1 Gallery, APT Gallery, Cambridge University, Tripp Gallery and Stour Space. I have exhibited (and am in art collections) all over the world, from Cork Street in London to Tasmania, Australia. In 2017 I was selected for the final round of judging at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Shows include John Moores Painting Prize, British School at Rome, NatWest Art Prize, Kettles Yard, Art Basel, University of Cambridge, Tripp Gallery and Arthouse1 Gallery, Bermondsey, London.

Solo Exhibitions

2014, Alexandra Baraitser New Paintings, Nord Gallery, Cambridge
2007, The Future Past, Mark Jason Gallery, London
2006, The Usefulness of Chairs, Wood Design Museum, Tasmania
2002, Mobilia, Hirschl Contemporary Art, London
2002, Alexandra Baraitser New Paintings, Mission Gallery, Swansea
2000, OUT FIT, Cable Street Gallery, London
1997, Rome Mostra, British School at Rome Gallery, Rome
1996, Florence Trust Open, Florence Trust, London

Group Exhibitions

2019, This Instead of That, Arthouse1 Gallery, London
2019, A Show, A Gallery, London
2018, Silent Painting, Tripp Gallery, London
2018, GLOW, Park Theatre, London
2018, This Instead of That, Lewisham Arthouse, London
2017, DeskTop, ArtKapsule, London
2016, Scandinavia, Willesden Green Gallery, London
2016, New Work, Modern Vintage Gallery, Amsterdam
2015, The Places We Go, APT Gallery, London
2015, Human Traces, Cambridge University, Cambridge
2013, Human Traces, Stour Space, London
1999, Kettles Yard Open, Kettles Yard, Cambridge
1998, NatWest Art Prize, Lothbury Gallery, London

Competitions, Prizes & Awards

1997, Abbey Scholarship in Painting, The British School at Rome
1996, Florence Trust Studio Award
1996, John Moores Painting Prize 19
1998, NatWest Art Prize
2005, Grants for the Arts, Arts Council Award for travel to Tasmania
2001, Commissions East Award (mentoring with curator Rachael Thomas)
1999, Kettles Yard Open Prize
2002, Kettles Yard Open Prize
1999, Mostyn Open
2004, Mostyn Open

Original works:


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Maurer's Subway

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Panton's Girl

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Artichoke Lamp

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View Through Glass

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The Perfect 50s Housewife

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Donald Judd's Bedroom

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A Testament to Life

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