Mark Alexander, American Bog
Alexander studied at Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University. Selected solo exhibitions include Haunch of Venison, (Berlin & London, 2009 and 2005), Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London(2001 and1999-2000). His work has been included in international group shows such as "Painting on the Move",curated by Peter Pakesch at the Kunsthalle Basel (2002) among others.
In 2012, Kelly Grovier (author of 100 Works of Art That Will Define Our Age, 2013, Thames &Hudson) wrote:
" There is a nothingness from which we emerge and into which we will eventually dissolve, only to re-emerge and dissolve again and again. So it is with art. This exhibition of new work by Mark Alexander, "Ground and Unground", explores the eternal nothingness into and from which we and are endlessly descend and arise."
The bog is a characteristic feature of Mark Alexander's works in his recent series; Ground and Unground (2012) and American Bog(2013). All are executed in the deepest, earthiest hues of brown, their unique painterly surface resembling the tanned and wrinkled skin of excavated bog people accidentally discovered be peat-cutters in the twentieth century. These extraordinary figures were human sacrifices to the fertility gods worshipped in Northern Europe between 8,000 and 2,000 years ago whose bodies - sometimes trussed, noosed, or hooded - were naturally mummified by the peat-bogs where they were killed and left to the gods of nature.