Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander

b. 1934
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Los Angeles native Peter Alexander made his reputation as a member of the so-called Finish Fetish movement—Southern California artists working with industrial materials often derived from the technology of the local custom car and surf subcultures. Alexander’s specialty was building up cubes and wedges from layers of resin, which often contain other forms—sometimes amorphous, cloud-like shapes, sometimes other geometrical forms. Alexander’s career took an unusual turn in the early 1970s when he abandoned the minimalist sculptural practice that had gained him fame and began exploring a wide range of populist pictorial motifs, including sunsets, night cityscapes, and black velvet paintings of deep-sea life-forms.

Century
Oil and acrylic on canvas, 1989
60 x 66 inches
Gift of Ed Moses and family
1991.122
Perrino
Cast polyester resin, 2009
Museum purchase with funds from a prior gift of Mark and Hilarie Moore
2014.005
1991.128.002_Peter Alexander_Barcelona Portfolio_Thumb Gardena (From the Barcelona Portfolio)
Lithograph on Guarro paper, 1988
18 x 20 inches
Gift of Ed Moses and Family
1991.128.002
1991.128.001_Peter Alexander_Barcelona Portfolio_Thumb Sitka (From the Barcelona Portfolio)
Lithograph on Guarro paper, 1988
18 x 20 inches
Gift of Ed Moses and Family
1991.128.001