This week I’m featuring the work of San Francisco-based painter, photographer and graphic designer Alec Huxley. I first saw his work at the Minna Gallery here in the city, and I was attracted to strong use of light and shadow, his clever play on retro-style film and advertisements, and the fact that his work captures the streets of San Francisco in weird and fantastical settings.
Conceptually and stylistically, Huxley’s work bears a resemblance to that of Australian artist Jeremy Geddes, whose work I highlighted in October. Like Geddes, Huxley features people in astronaut suits presented in a style that blurs the line between photography and painting. But whereas Geddes works in his one inimitable style, Huxley displays an astonishing array of styles and influences, everything from space age astronauts in eerie, sometimes threatening urban settings to film noir to Saturday matinee creature features.
Filled with contrast, his work is primarily figurative. Bleak yet colorful, it focuses on urban and desert landscapes of the American West Coast and classic Americana. A sinister air hangs over much of his work, perhaps a nod to the pulp fiction noir that is an obvious influence. His work has a strong cinematic quality, and it would be interesting to see some of these scenes come alive.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the space age art of Alec Huxley.