Alex Gross

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Alex Gross (b. 1968) is a visual artist currently working in Los Angeles; he specializes in oil paintings on canvas whose themes include globalization, commerce, great beauty, dark mayhem, and the remorseless passage of time. Alex graduated in 1990 from Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, California. Since then, he has become established as an artist in the Pop Surrealism movement (e.g. lowbrow).

In 2000, he received a fellowship from the Japan Foundation; he spent two months traveling throughout Japan, researching and collecting a wide variety of Japanese Fine and Commercial art, as research for his own artwork. Part of his collection was compiled and published by Taschen under the title ‘Japanese Beauties’ in 2004.

In, 2007, California State Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center hosted a retrospective museum show featuring an array of Alex’s work from different periods throughout his career. In a review of the museum show, the ‘Orange County Register’ wrote that ‘Gross’ work is highly representational and, unlike many of his contemporaries lumped into the so-called low-brow art niche, he is an excellent draftsman. He also demands that one know a bit about world culture, history and politics and have the wit to appreciate his sense of irony.’ His work was also featured in the Laguna Art Museum’s exhibition and catalog: ‘In the land of Retinal Delights,’ in 2008. His work has been featured on the cover of the band Blonde Redhead’s album ’23,’ as well as on the cover of the paperback version of ‘After Dark,’ the national bestseller by Japanese author Haruki Murakami.

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