“The Dalhousie University Art Gallery mounted a large 20 year survey exhibition of my painting in 2005. This exhibition represented a juncture in my practice. After 2005 I began a shift from oil on canvas painting toward digital explorations of the medium – partly due to environmental sensitivities to paint solvents, and partly due to the allure of new frontiers for image making. I began to expand upon existing themes in my painting while exploring how computer technology can interface with this age-old art form. Using electronic drawing tablets and computer software, I started playing with new digital drawing tools and brushes experimenting with innovative ways to explore the visual language of painting through digital expression. The result has been a series of exhibitions of artwork since 2005 that feature hybrid digital paintings which investigate form, composition and pictorial space in new ways.
The electronic marks I create produce painting-like gestures that seem strangely familiar with their echoes of the gestural language of abstract expressionism. Black and white digital hybrid paintings I exhibited in Toronto were described by Globe and Mail art critic Gary Michael Dault as “creating a persuasive, three dimensional field, animated by complex, gesture-like entanglements of line….Part gigantic electronic doodles, part expansive, painting-like gestures, the interwoven cable-forms ultimately generate a new kind of visual territory.” My colour digital paintings also build on this sense of an unusual visual experience – images that simultaneously reference drawing, painting, printmaking, the new visual languages of digital mark making and the traditions of abstract expressionism. In these artworks the use of textured coloured lines exist in chromatically rich spaces and undulate with a vibrancy of hue and form. I like to think of these artworks as visual expressions of the inventiveness of nature and the intelligence that informs all life,” Alex Livingston.
Alex Livingston is a Professor in Painting at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCADU). Born in Kingston, Ontario he received a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and an MA Fine Arts from the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, England.
At the opening of Alex Livingston’s “Flowers” at Studio 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, I was speaking with a local arts reporter when it became apparent that she thought she was looking at paint on canvas. Days later, while in the gallery taking notes for this review, I heard two women standing in front of…Read More
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After developing an allergy to solvents, oil painter Alex Livingston went into the frontier of digital painting and exhibits a new series of work, Flowers, at Studio 21 that play with ideas of real and unreal, reference the history of flower painting itself and point to the future. Alex Livingston brings 17th-century Dutch flower painting…Read More
Alex Livingston’s Flowers, a new series of floral digital paintings, is now hanging on the walls of Studio 21. It’s been 10 years since Alex put down his paint brush because of a developing sensitivity to paint. Since then he has been developing expertise using computer tools to make “digital paintings”. As he said at…Read More
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Studio 21 returned last week from Art Wynwood, an art fair in Miami. We exhibited six artists and sold pieces by Alex Livingston, David Sorensen and Jean-Sebastien Denis. In November, we were in Chicago at a fair called SOFA and in October it was Art Toronto. Attending art fairs is a way to find new…Read More
New works by Alex Livingston & Katie Belcher are the subject of the next exhibition at Studio 21, running from March 3rd to 29th. The exhibition includes new floral digital paintings by established Halifax artist and NSCAD painting professor Alex Livingston and a three component show of charcoal drawings, photography and a large energetic wall…Read More
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