Pop Surrealist artist Alex Gross specializes in oil paintings on canvas whose themes include global commerce, the pursuit of beauty, alienation, and how globalization and capitalism have consumed our visual culture. His work features striking, dreamlike Victorian imagery, a haunting postmodern potpourri of fairytale, allegory, history, and pop culture that treads the line of striking realism and nonsensical whimsy.
In 2000, Gross received a fellowship from the Japan Foundation, spending two months traveling throughout Japan, researching and collecting a wide variety of Japanese fine and commercial art, which explains the very strong Asian imagery and references in most of his work.
While most definitely a surrealist, Gross and his work strongly embraces elements of the Lowbrow movement of pop surrealism that came out of Los Angeles in the mid-1970s. This populist movement has its roots in punk music, underground comics and the hot rod culture and is known for its sense of humor and its sarcastic, often biting commentary of the modern world.
Born in Roslyn, New York in 1968, currently living and working in Los Angeles, his work can be seen in art journals, magazine adverts and book covers and he has been featured in galleries around the world.
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