Although most famous for his involvement in Southern California’s light and space sculptural movement of the 1960s, Peter Alexander is also fascinated with California’s urban landscapes and has incorporated them into many of his paintings. He was born in Los Angeles in 1939, and the city has remained a muse throughout his artistic career. His best-known paintings depict aerial views of Southern California by night, and his work has been commissioned by area landmarks such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Santa Monica Municipal Airport. In addition to being exhibited nationwide, Alexander’s paintings and sculptures have appeared in renowned Southern California institutions including the Getty Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Image caption: Peter Alexander, Thrasher, 1992, oil on canvas, The Buck Collection at the UCI Institute and Museum for California Art, © 2018 Peter Alexander