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Artist Profile

Peter Alexander

b. 1934

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.

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Work

Works in Our Collection

Peter Alexander
Untitled
Cast polyester resin construction, 2014
7 3/4 x 8 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches
Museum purchase with funds from a prior gift of the Mark and Hilarie Moore Collection
2014.006

Peter Alexander
Sitka (From the Barcelona Portfolio)
Lithograph on Guarro paper, 1988
18 x 20 inches
Gift of Ed Moses and Family
1991.128.001

Peter Alexander
Gardena (From the Barcelona Portfolio)
Lithograph on Guarro paper, 1988
18 x 20 inches
Gift of Ed Moses and Family
1991.128.002

Peter Alexander
Perrino
Cast polyester resin, 2009
Museum purchase with funds from a prior gift of Mark and Hilarie Moore
2014.005

Peter Alexander
Century
Oil and acrylic on canvas, 1989
60 x 66 inches
Gift of Ed Moses and family
1991.122