She will exhibit at “Barcelona Showcase”, next December 10, located in Gaudì’s Casa Battlò.
My fellow artist Deborah Alexander will exhibit in Barcelona, next December 10, 2011, at Casa Battlò, the Gaudì’s architectural jewel (from 10,30 am to 22,30 pm). I met Deborah and her beautiful art in London, last October: she participated at Parallax AF at La Galleria too. During those days, I had the way to admire her paintings – so particular: they seem to come from another dimension or from our inner feelings and sensations – and to know about her human and artistic experience.
Deborah Alexander was born in 1959 in Perth Australia, the first of four children, to a father who had been posted to New Guinea with the Dutch Army and mother who had immigrated with her family from England. Her father had been brought up in a cruel Dutch orphanage and not speaking english, married unaware that his wife had a psychotic mental illness. She says: “My father had no concept of family and my mother very few boundaries, resulting in a childhood with little conversation during my formative years and a distorted sense of reality, home life was often unsettling and disturbing.”
Her paintings are a metaphorical unravelling of the past, searching for order and healing, often patterned they provide a way of viewing, of looking beneath the surface. Attempting to break down the ‘persona’ that shields her sensitive inner being. She wants to find what is precious and reconstruct what is broken. Deborah is interested in language, in conveying meaning and exploring mark making, an expressive gesture that begins in early childhood in which she believes is beyond language both spoken and written and can articulate a glimpse into the depths of self.
Deborah has engaged in painting most of her life but it wasn’t until she was in her forties and her children old enough that she managed to study Fine Art to Honours Degree Level at Suffolk College 2005. Then in the last year of her Degree she ran art workshops at East Suffolk MIND and created art for their reception at The Rosemary Lane Centre in Ipswich. Continuing in her studies part time for a MA Fine Art at Norwich School of Art and Design 2007 while also being employed as Artist in Residence at Ipswich Hospital Diagnostic Imaging Department. After a two year gap following her late husbands illness and consequent death in 2008 she now works from Newbourne Studios 21, Mill Road, Newbourne Suffolk.
The “Barcelona Showcase” at Casa Battlò is another opportunity to know Deborah Alexander’s art.