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Jason Shawn Alexander is an expressionist figurative painter from Tennessee, now living and working in Los Angeles, California.
He aspires to penetrate the core of human integrity with his paintings, and depicts figures wrenched in that critical space where the coordination between mind, body, and spirit is strained, or as he puts it, ‘hangs in the balance of existential woe.’ A sense of human drama is his signature.
Abstract elements emerge by way of exaggerated gestures, elongated limbs, and the doubling or tripling of images. Hints of apparitions and the intrusion of foreign materials and text into the image are also an important part of the rich psychological nature of Alexander’s work.
His work has been exhibited across the United States including at Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City, and 101/exhibit. In 2009 one of his portraits was included in a Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery exhibition in Washington, DC. His work is collected both in the US and abroad.