Project Description

Paul Alexander

Artistic Practice Statement
I am an artist that loves to create the joining of inward visions with the outward process of imagination, allowing the triumphs and mistakes to co-exist on the same plane. This insane challenge of creating a three-dimensional framework fused with knowledge to form a landscape in which any viewer can mentally walk around in and feel, is wordless. Whether I receive my images from the heavens, life's earth plane or the innerverse, I produce them. Like the Renaissance masters, my teacher taught me a three-dimensional visual vocabulary through the human skeleton to see form. The anatomy of the body is used in different ways within my work to show my center and my pathway through time. In "Tribal Fantasy" (currently at three parts), there are bones of the human head adorned with figures, ideas, past, present, and future. I include emptiness to show the blankness of my mind before the visions project upon my mental blackboard into this world. It's as though I'm sitting in my own inner school of thought. I take this articulation one painting at a time, and filling the canvas edge to edge is not important, the story is. This painting will grow as I do.

Fellowship Statement
Tulsa's Fellowship is a great chance for any artist from around the U.S.A. to come flourish. Tulsa sees the big picture and are trying to create a golden age of art in which anyone walking down the street can feel artistically magnified, challenged, or entertained. Chicago had this for 25 years or more with the Gold Coast and Around the Coyote art fairs, in which I was a kid and then an adult contributing with my artist father. Chicago's Wicker Park was the second most artist populated area in the U.S. at the time after San Francisco. Paintings and murals for blocks and blocks, music and entertainment on every corner, and the rich smell of cuisine from the local restaurants in the air - all while onlookers with wide eyes were drinking it all in... This is what I live for. Art's impact is so strong that it is felt in a community's economics, but even more importantly in the health and happiness of its people, consciously and subconsciously. A world without art is a colorless, silent, shapeless, tasteless abyss that you can't call living. Every great neighborhood, town, and city all started or have been built upon artist- occupied areas. I have always been an artist and for much of my life, I was able support myself selling paintings, faux finishing, making murals, and making jewelry. For the past six years, I worked for a builder as an interior decorator, stager, and artist in multi-million dollar homes. Then, I had to adjust my art career after two years of caring for my dying mother in the violent, overpriced city of Chicago. I have now moved out west to Kansas because my girlfriend got a job closer to her family here. I am starting from scratch in a very small town where I don't know anyone. Kansas is beautiful with open skies that now fill my canvases but there is no way to make a living as a professional artist here. Tulsa is the kind of city that's built for my skills. I need a new city that understands artistic fire! Tulsa';s Fellowship helps artists fuel themselves which positively impacts everyone around them and the environment they are in. So what are we waiting for? This is the time, let's get painting, dancing, and celebrating! Life is too short to finish three lifetimes worth of artwork!

Community Engagement Statement
I plan to get my feet wet by adapting to my studio and exploring Tulsa. Due to my interior design background, I tend to walk around a city scouting out blank walls and spaces, imagining art pieces or fairs there. Once I am familiar with the city's layout and construction, I can treat it like a giant sculpture. I want to meet folks who live in the city to find out the art venue history, who their favorite artists are, and what they think is important or missing. As long as there is light and a place to bring people in, there is a place for art. I love being part of art exhibits, inside and outside, and helping create an atmosphere of celebration and excitement with a good line up of artists. I have always loved group shows and working with other artists in friendly collaboration and competition, as well as seeing their work. I have a lot of experience with show design. My mother was a showroom manager in Chicago selling high-end furniture, and my father was a window display artist and lighting designer consultant. I grew up working with and learning from them. I can help new artists understand hanging, lighting, and layouts of shows. I miss seeing events with live painting, dancing, and music. I would like to be part of something like this. I have a unique skill with anatomy that is missing in many schools. The younger people are when they learn it, the stronger they will be as artists later on, so I try to emphasize its importance. This is knowledge I could share within the right setting.

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