Something For The Weekend.
“Life is a state of mind.”
American abstract artist Alex Echo has enjoyed immense success over his artistic career. His past triumphs include commissions for celebrities such as Eric Clapton and a collaboration with fashion designer Paul Smith.
Now, Alex Echo is back with a brand new collection of original art which will be launched tomorrow, Saturday 12th July, at Castle Fine Art, ICC, Birmingham. We caught up with him to find out more about his latest body of work.
CG: Has anything in particular inspired you?
AE: Yes, the need to express gratitude for a wonderful life – a life not void of pitfalls, tragedy and heartache, all of which inform my work to some extent. This new body of work is inspired by and dedicated to the millions of little miracles every day, thus it is happier work, brighter work, more joyous work. I’m inspired by the sun coming up or the reflection on a river or a lake.
CG: Have you experimented with different processes or new materials?
AE: I haven’t used any new materials as such but there’s been a lot of experimentation. Experimentation is code for making lots of mistakes, or mixing the paint incorrectly or accidentally splashing black paint on a whiter foreground…every single painting is a learning experience – every single painting is a different process.
CG: How do you feel your work is evolving?
AE: My work evolves with every single painting – this evolution does not need to be expressed on the painting’s surface, but rather this process of evolution is a state of mind, a gradual sophistication of intent and process.
The work is evolving most in its eventual standing within the greater art world and society. The act of painting is separate from the far land where it is going to crawl up on shore, stand upright, and be counted among and equal to my heroes in art history.
What do you find most rewarding about the creative process?
I am still gobsmacked by the simple laying of colour onto a white plane – it’s that simple. I still derive absolute joy with every painting, as if I were five years old and spilling paint for the first time – this joy has never left me.
But after working as a professional artist for over 35 years - having created and sold countless works of art in all mediums – I still find it incredibly rewarding to meet and talk with the people who have found my work, and appreciate it. It’s not about the selling of the work – it’s about the human connection; the sharing of ideas. It is wonderful thrill to meet people and discuss life and I hope my work inspires that conversation.
CG: In what ways is your latest work representative of you as an artist?
AE: I would like to look at this from a slightly different perspective; not as ‘representative of me as an artist’ but, rather, representative of me as a person. Just look at the colours – look at the explosion of form and shape; feel the happiness! For me, I see myself in the infancy of the second half of my life. All things are possible – I refuse to live in a world of darkness and drudgery. I choose to have a mindset of gratitude – for every little thing!
Life is a state of mind. I am alive, I am an artist. I represent that state of mind – through good times and bad; darkness and light. Just look at the paintings!
If you would like to look at the paintings, you can visit Castle Fine Art, ICC, where the new collection of original artwork from Alex Echo will be on display until Sunday 20th July. Alternatively, find out more about the artist here.
(Above: The Girl With The Kaleidoscope Eyes by Alex Echo)