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Alexa Williams

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New York

Birth year

Lives in
Red Hook, Brooklyn

Works in


The San Francisco Art Institute, 2001, BFA

Representing galleries

sculpture, photography, landscape, mixed-media, Horizons, concrete, steel


After graduating from The San Francisco Art Institute, I moved to Spain to spend some time painting near the sea, where my horizon series began to form.  After seven years restoring art as a part-time job, I’ve grown more and more interested in working with different materials and subsequently my horizons have been made of painting, collage, photography, and most recently construction materials such as steel and concrete.

When I first moved to Red Hook in 2010, the palette of the corroded steel of the abandoned warehouses, broken down piers and empty loading docks along the waterfront began to show up on my canvas. Eventually I went straight to the source and created a body of work using oxidation processes on steel plates.  The work played with ideas of industry and art, strength and vulnerability, and urged a beauty to be recognized in such an oftentimes-overlooked landscape.

In my latest body of work, I continue to explore ides of construct, industry and vulnerability, this time incorporating the dichotomy of nature and city.  “WHERE WE STAND” is a group of concrete tiles built in my studio in Brooklyn using organic material foraged from coastlines, then mixed with white Portland cement and water. The sand, stones, and grass were gathered from places of sentimental value to me such as the recently devastated Rockaway Beach, Breezy Point, and my own neighborhood, Red Hook.  This work considers strength of footing; where we stand in city made of sidewalks that can be broken overnight by a hurricane.  How it feels when we look at the horizon while our feet sink into the beach beneath us.  It is a collection of concrete pieces discussing the tenuousness of a moment and the challenge of civilization vs. wilderness.

E D U C A T I O N: 

SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE: Bachelors of Fine Arts, painting 1997-2001

Figurative, landscape, and abstract oil and water based painting and drawing.

Processing and printing of black and white and color photography.

Photo-printmaking, etching, silkscreen and monoprinting.     


A W A R D S:           

THE VERMONT STUDIO CENTER: Partial Fellowship for Winter Residency 2010

THE COOPER UNION: Summer Residency for painting, 2008


P R O F E S S I O N A L   A R T I S T I C   E X P E R I E N C E:

SCULPTURE CONSERVATOR:  Wilson Conservation 2004-2011

Senior inpainter, studio manager, and manager of onsite maintenance of private collections.

Skilled in consolidating, casting, patinating, rebuilding, and inpainting of historic and contemporary works in various materials including stone, synthetics, wood, ceramics, and bronze.

Experience ranging from the historic bronzes of the U.S. Capitol, to the works of Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, and Donald Judd for clients including prominent galleries, private collectors and auction houses.

PHOTOGRAPHER:  Part Time/Freelance 2002-PRESENT

Promotional materials including actor’s & musician’s portraits & album covers.

Lifestyle, weddings, and various events.

ARTIST’S ASSISTANT: Anita Steckel 2002-2004

Assisted in all studio and business matters for Anita Steckel, award-winning avant-garde feminist artist. 

Primary director in the archiving of her complete body of work including photography, painting and collage.


Researched, designed concept, and executed set decoration for Legend Stout beer commercial.

ASSISTANT PHOTO EDITOR:  Woodfin Camp and Associates 2001

Organized editing of stock photography slides for various publications and print ads.


S E L E C T E D  P A I N T I N G  E X H I B I T I O N S:

GIACOBETTI-PAUL GALLERY: “Wax, Salt and Steel” Solo show, Dumbo, April 2011

GIACOBETTI-PAUL GALLERY: “Coming Soon”, Group show, Dumbo, January 2011

ONEWAY GALLERY:  Group Show, Narragansett, RI, June 2010-January 11

SCHAEFER LANDING:  Solo Show, Williamsburg, NY, October-December 2009

THE COOPER UNION: Group Show, Cooper Union, Manhattan June, 2008

WINDHAM FINE ARTS: “Paint the Mountain Top” Group show Windham, NY July-August 2007

WINDHAM FINE ARTS: “A Moment Suspended”  Show w/ David Ryan. Windham, June 2007

33 CROSBY STREET:  Solo show. Manhattan, August 2005

CURB ART SPACE:  Group show. Manhattan, January-February 2005

CURB ART SPACE:  “Distances”.  Show with Mark Bouthilette.  Manhattan, January 2005

GREELY SQUARE GALLERY:  Solo show. Manhattan April 2004



APPLE COMMERCIAL: Paintings featured in “Siri” commercial for Apple, 2012

NURSE JACKIE: Paintings featured in Season 4 of Showtime TV show, 2011

CURB YOUR ENTHUSIAM: Paintings featured in Season 8 of HBO TV show, 2010.

AROUND THE BLOCK: Paintings featured in short film, October 2008

RESCUE ME: Paintings featured in Season 2 of FX television drama, June 2005


P R E S S:

CAUGHT IN THE ACT:, tv show for BRIC, Dec, 2012

DOSSIER: “Wax, Salt and Steel”  April, 2011

DOSSIER: “Home at the Atlantic Yards” April, 2010

ATLANTIC YARDS REPORT: “A mural…‘home’” April, 2010

NEW YORK TIMES: “In Herald Square, a Monument Is Ready for Action” September 17, 2007

CAPITAL DISTRICT HOME AND STYLE: "A Moment Suspended" June, 2007


Recent Exhibits

Alexa Williams participated in these exhibits:

Apr, 2013 Where We Stand, New Work in Concrete
Gallery Brooklyn
Apr, 2011 Wax, Salt and Steel
Giacobetti Paul Gallery
Exhibited at these venues
Alexa Williams has Exhibited at these venues:

Gallery Brooklyn Giacobetti Paul Gallery
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