Malcolm Alexander

1925 - 2014

Artist biography

Malcolm Alexander was a creative visual artist, Malcolm Alexander, born in 1925, died in 2014. Also born in 1925 and of this same generation are Gilberto Ante Morales, André Raffray, Theo Wolvecamp, Duane Hanson, and Kurt Absolon.

Further Biographical Context for Malcolm Alexander

Malcolm Alexander was born in 1925, grew up during the 1950s and was inspired by the artistic culture of the time. It can be said that the 1950s were dominated by Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that prioritised dramatic brushstrokes and explored ideas about organic nature, spirituality and the sublime. Much of the focus was on the formal techniques of painting, and ideas of action painting were unified with the political freedom of the United States society as opposed to the strict nature of the Soviet bloc. Influential artists of the Abstract Expressionist Generation included Jackson Pollock (who innovated his famed drip, splatter and pour painting techniques), Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. It was a male dominated environment, though necessary revisionism of this period has highlighted the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.