PARIS ALEXANDER – SCULPTOR
R. MAPPLETHORPE'S ARM
Fired stoneware, oxide stains, and steel stitching
Bold and transformative, vulnerable yet strong, graceful and seductive one man’s blatant attempt to tell his story and fight the giants; Love him or hate him Robert Mapplethorpe was willing to be laughed at, ridiculed and take on the purist understanding that he would not be accepted by society for seeing things differently yet proved that he was able to push the envelope and create his own reality, forcing us to question our way of thinking and seeing things.
Fired Stoneware, Mixed Media
Horses play a huge roll in El Quixote, it did not just serve as a form of transportation taking Don Quixote on his adventures, they have been used throughout time as a vehicle to transport our imagination to distant places and time.
BIO: PARIS ALEXANDER
BIO PARIS ALEXANDER
born and raised in New York City where he studied art from early childhood.
Since establishing himself in NC, Alexander’s work has been exhibited widely including galleries, universities, and museums, with numerous public and private commissions. His work is included in the collection of Wake Med, Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill, Saks Fifth Avenue, the R.C. Kessler Collection, SAS Institute, former president Bill Clinton, Senator Bob Dole, and many others.
Paris is also a well-known instructor in sculpture, drawing, and anatomy. Besides teaching privately, he has been an instructor for several NC Arts councils, the Artspace Arts and Outreach Programs, and the NC Museum of Art Outreach Program.
"Paris uses the human form as his subject, frequently in carved stone, but also in clay and hard plaster. He expresses himself equally well in all these materials. In fact these varied elements contribute to the power of his art."- Dr. Lawrence J. Wheeler, the Director of the North Carolina Museum or Art
“Though creating artwork with stone is a drastically labor intensive task, Paris Alexander is able to produce unique and beautiful forms with a classical and exuberant essence.” – Tom Grubb, Executive Director of the Fayetteville Museum of Art
“A self-taught artist with drive and ambition, Alexander repeatedly proves that a self-taught artist with natural talent can trump most MFA students without even breaking a sweat.” – Louis St. Lewis, artist-writer, provocateur, Metro Magazine, Artist–at-Large
“Paris Alexander's carved stone sculptures pare sculpture down to its essential forms, resulting in abstract and iconic forms.” – Linda Johnson Dougherty, Chief Curator & Curator of Contemporary Art of the North Carolina Museum of Art