ALEXANDRA HARLEY

Sculptor | UK

With a career spanning over thirty years, Alex has an extensive international CV including prestigious juried exhibitions. She was elected to the Royal Society of Sculptors in 2000, The Free Painters and Sculptors in 2014 and The London Group in 2018.  

Each material functions as both a starting point and a process, a core element and a guiding rhythm, through which I seek to capture and elucidate fleeting moments.

PORTRAIT

Kingsley Ogwara (1975) studied his bachelors in Fine and Applied Arts at Delta State University in Abrake, Nigeria and resides and works from Luxembourg, where he is a well recognised painter and sculptor. His paintings and sculptures in clay, stone, wood or metal consist of organic concave and convex forms, mostly (semi-)abstract and are inspired by African or European images and symbols.They center about human transformation and connection, about the freedom and harmony that can be  found in the masses. As such they rather express a state of mind than an extensive narrative.

Ogwara: “In our globalized world with its many issues, we each struggle individually to live our lives in a meaningful way. When we grow up, we build up our defenses, often based on fear and distrust, resulting from the inevitable hardships that life brings sometimes. However, life also brings unexpected compassion and new windows, and each hardship brings new insights, makes us reflect and grow. We all need to mature, overcome fear and distrust and open up our defenses to connect to each other, dare to be vulnerable to give and receive love. My works are about this transformation and interconnectedness”

His paintwork with knives in oil and acrylic on canvas are characterized by pointilistic abstract orchestrations of colors and rich textures, which seem to take on the form of masses of people. Ogwara typically  hides his initial images behind these thick pointilistic pastiche layers, which creates a lot of depth and suggestion. In his latest Icon-series, he experiments with adding some figurative element by allowing the initial portraits to shine through. 

 Ogwara has participated in many group- and solo exhibitions, amongst others in Luxemburg, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany and Austria. He was awarded amongst others the prestigious bi-annual Prix Pierre Werner for his paintings as best artist in Luxembourg in 2016. At the Luxembourg Art Week 2019, he was nominated again with his sculptures for the Grand-Duc Adolphe award and in 2022 again for the Prix Pierre Werner, which granted him the titular membership of CAL as the first African member in its history. Most recently, he showed for 6 months at the blockbuster exhibition “Gospel” at the historical Catharijne Convent museum in Utrecht (Netherlands). His paintings are included in collections all over the world.

With a career spanning over thirty years, Alex (1958) has an extensive international CV including prestigious juried exhibitions. She was elected to the Royal Society of Sculptors in 2000, The Free Painters and Sculptors in 2014 and The London Group in 2018.

She studied sculpture at Wimbledon School of Art under Katherine Gilli, Robin Greenwood and Glyn Williams and then the Advanced course at St Martins School of Art under Tim Scott and Alan Gouk. She has been awarded several important fellowships in Japan and the USA and in 2016 was awarded the Brian Mercer Fellowship spending 3 months in the Mariani Bronze Foundry in Italy.





She has public work in the Caribbean, Europe and the USA. Juried exhibitions include the ING Discerning Eye, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Society of Sculptors Summer Exhibition, Creekside Open, Cork Street Open, Wells Contemporary and the London Group Open.





SPOTLIGHT

WORKS

CREDENTIALS

Selected exhibitions

2021
  • Undertow, OpenArtExchange, Schiedam, the Netherlands
2020
  • The London Group Annual, The Cello Factory, Waterloo London
  • Wish you /we were here/there, online exhibition
  • My Favourite Work, online exhibition
  • Isolation, online exhibition
  • ‘Feeling for Murmuration’, curated by Jilian Knipe, APT studio gallery,  London
  • ‘Women for all Seasons’, the Art Gallery, Elephant and Castle, London
  • ‘Stuff Matters’ recorded discussion and exhibition, Unit 3 Gallery London
  • Brancaster Chronicles group discussion, Poussin Gallery, London
2019
  • The London Group Open Exhibition, Part 2, Cello Factory, London
  • City Lit Gallery, London, inaugural exhibition London
  • ‘The London Ultra’ at the Bargehouse on the Southbank SE1 9PH.
  • EWAAC, La Galleria, London
  • Royal Society of Sculptors Summer exhibition, selected by Greville Worthington of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
  • ‘Parallel Lines’, The Lightbox, Woking Surrey, drawings inspired by the Ingrams Collection
  • ‘Impression’ printmaking exhibition selected by Chris Wood, Yellow Edge Gallery Hants.
  • Muse Gallery, Free Painters and Sculptors
  • ‘Testing 1,2,3….’ Unit 3. London E3 3LT
  • The London Group at Kensington and Chelsea College
  • Waterloo Open, St Johns Churchyard, Waterloo ‘Come hell or high water’
  • Small Works, Lemonade Stand, Sanger Gallery, Key West, Florida USA
  • ‘Micro’ Air Gallery Altrincham Cheshire UK
  • Q Park Year of the Pig, China town London, curated by Vanya Balloch
  • ‘In the Spotlight’ Morley Gallery, London
2018
  • Discerning Eye Mall Galleries, selected by Sadie Clayton
  • Wells Contemporary Open, Somerset
  • The Muse Gallery London FPS
  • The Bronze Show Morley Gallery
  • Felix and Spear Gallery Ealing, London, Summer exhibition
  • ‘Selfscapes’ Dalby Forest, Yorkshire
  • ‘Nothing Endures but Change’ The London Group, St Mathews Churchyard, London
  • Affordable Art Fair Hampstead with the FPS
  • ‘Embracing the Underdog’ Q Park, WC1 with the London Group
  • ‘Duo’ with Asayo Kawase, Posk Gallery London
2017
  • Discerning Eye, selected by Miranda Richardson
  • East West exhibition at La Galleria
  • London Group open part 2
  • Heritage Gallery, Greenwich with Brancaster Chronicles
2016
  • Brian Mercer Fellowship exhibition, Royal British Society of Sculptors
  • East West Exhibition, Pall Mall London October
  • The Brian Mercer Bronze Casting Fellowship, Pietrasanta Italy,
2015
  • The Stone Space, Leytonstone, exhibition with Alex McIntyre,
  • Creekside Open, APT Gallery London, selected by Lisa Milroy
  •  The London Group Open part 1, Cello Factory, Waterloo, London
2014
  • Café Gallery Southwark Park
  • Ing Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries,
  • ‘Naked’, FPS at the Menier Gallery
  • Missing Narrative, Free Painters and Sculptors Society, Menier Gallery, London
  • Kyoto Hachinosu Gallery, Kyoto Japan
  • Jarfo Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
  • The POSK show, 4 artists at the Polish Centre Gallery, Hammersmith London
2013
  • FPS at the Chocolate Factory, London
  • East West Award Exhibition, La Galleria, Pall Mall, London
  • Paper Free Painters and Sculptors Society at the Espacio Gallery London
2012
  • Then and Now 60th anniversary show of the Free Painters and Sculptors Society
  • East West Award exhibition, La Galleria, Pall Mall, London
  • Taiwan touring exhibition of wood sculpture: –
    Taiwan Sanyi Wood Sculpture Museum, Miaoli County,
    Taiwan Huanshan Creative Park Taipei,
  • Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
  • Bath Society Open, Victoria Gallery, Bath

Commissions

2009
  • Peace Pole carved for Desmond Tutu, Lewisham London
2004
  • UK representative to International Sculpture Symposium, Horb, Germany
2000
  • Carved seating for BBC “Charlie’s Garden Army” Peckham

Publications

  • Painting and Drawing Kate Wilson, Thames and Hudson, 2016
  • ‘Tim Scott’ catalogue essay for Poussin Gallery 2006
  • Sculpture illustrated in “Grand Designs” Oct 2005
  • Sculpture illustrated in “Sculpture” by Jane Hill, pub. Hodder and Stoughton, 1998

Other professional activities

  • Teaching at undergraduate and foundation level.
  • Initiator of This Stuff Matters www.stuff-matters.co.uk
  • Regular contributor to the Brancaster Chronicles discussion forum

Artistic residencies

2021
  • Self-directed residency Cantley, north Norfolk
2017
  • ‘End Polio Now’, Clayton J Lloyd international airport, Anguilla
2012
  • ICA Massachusetts, USA
2011
  • Andres Institute New Hampshire, USA

Collections

  • Andres Institute NH USA
  • Anguilla Rotary Club
  • ICA MA USA
  • Private collections worldwide



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