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Having grown up in Anglesey at his ancestral home, Plas Newydd, his Welsh roots run deep. His paintings of the area have a Welshness about them though, very far removed from the palette knife of Kyffin Williams that has so come to define and dominate the national style. He still works from a remote cottage on the island and the few Snowdonia paintings in this collection beautifully capture the majesty and isolation of the mountain passes.
As with many British painters before him, Alex regularly takes that well-trodden path to the Mediterranean countries and the extraordinary light they offer. By contrast, his paintings there are lit up with the evident pleasure he derives from the area. His brushstrokes lighten along with his palette, and his style adopts a post-impressionism reminiscent of the later Bloomsbury works. His paintings are gentle, light of touch, beautifully composed, and infused with a poetic lyricism that belies the confidence of their construction.
So many painters have sought out the Mediterranean light over the last century or so, the draw of the sun-drenched olive groves and terracotta roofs has seduced thousands from the impressionists onwards. Alex’s paintings are certainly deeply embedded in this line and I think he stands as worthy an heir to that tradition as any one painting there today.
Alex is an artist who clearly relishes the challenge of committing a subject to canvas and has the talent and experience to pull it off.