24" x 48" (61 x 122 cm) acrylic on canvas
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My work is about urban nostalgia, architectural reflexes and mechanical evolution. My style is a blend of careful structuring and tended spontaneity. Painting with acrylic on canvas, my designs are derived from lines designed for practical and functional parts of infrastructure. I find these designs that exist in our everyday urban landscape - electric bus cables, power transfer stations, roads and subway maps - to be aesthetically gratifying and compelling. My compulsion to digest the architecture of this specific world is why I paint. My method is untrained and lighthearted. I like to let accidents remain on the canvas and let them guide the rest of the painting serendipitously. It makes the process mysterious and fun, while always seeking some sort of proportion and balance.
Artist influenced by: Raul Lozza, Gyula Kosice, Imi Knoebel, Roberto Aizenberg, Gustav Klutsis, El Lissitzky, Mark Manders, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy
Born in 1988 in Santa Cruz, California, Alex Hulphers grew up on a ranch in rural Eastern Washington.Spending summers fighting wildfire, he continues to paint in his Leschi studio in Seattle. First painting at age 8, Hulphers early work mimicked the colors and curves of his natural environment. Later, his father’s architectural sketches and blueprints shaped early versions of his current work.
Today, his self-taught painting style translates a textural plane of the urban landscape in a blend of careful structuring and tended spontaneity. Painting with acrylic on canvas, his work shows proportion and balance while allowing accidents to play a serendipitous role within the field of structure and movement.
Hulphers continues to work, adopting new ways to translate urban nostalgia and architectural reflexes into meaningful, relevant work.
Before showing with Spotte Art, Hulphers held a 16 piece solo show at Blink UX in Seattle this summer