Alex Roberts is a British artist that lives and works between Berlin and the UK. She works with paint and translucence, addressing paintings’ surface and spatial depth. Testing the sliding scale of figuration and abstraction, her focus is how we perceive identity and change – encounters.
Exploring the relationship between what we see and what we feel, the work invites the viewer to question their own perceptions, while hinting at a narrative, or capturing moments in the lives of others. The candid enquiry often exposes polarized, human states, and frequently, her paintings', sensitive installation set ups implicate or stage the viewer as protagonist.
Currently she is exploring the tensions between what is public and what is private: how, in today’s digital world, appearance often contrasts with reality and sociability belies intimacy.
Recent exhibitions, The Performativity of Painting, The Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Greenwich University Galleries, London 2018; Control to Collapse, Blyth Gallery, Imperial College London; Stations of Water, St. Paul’s
Cathedral, London; What Hat am I Wearing Today? Paul Abbott and Alex Roberts, MOCA London; Connect: Katowice, Rondo Gallery Katowice, Poland, 2017.
Awards, Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust; The Eaton Fund (2017); Arts Council England & British Council Grant - The Artists' International Development Fund; finalist - HIX Award; shortlisted - The Red Mansion Art Prize, Beijing and London (all 2016) and Contemporary Visions VI, Beers London, 2015.
Roberts completed her MAFA at Chelsea College of Arts (UAL), following a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from The University of Reading. She exhibits internationally and continues to work at Edge Arts, University of Bath as an Artist Tutor, alongside Drawing Projects UK. Upcoming new lecturer roles, 2018/19: The Drawing Week Bath School of Art & Design, Bath Spa University and Bauhaus Summer School, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar.