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Lived/Active: Ohio      Known for: photo-real painting, graphic design

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Alex Roulette
Road Markers
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Biography from LewAllen Galleries:
At the core of Alex Roulette’s photo-realistic painting practice is an exploration of the process of male coming-of-age in contemporary American society. Emotionally, his work is intended to oscillate between an uneasy psychological isolation and the promise of adventure waiting at the horizon. Rooted firmly in both personal history and established cultural paradigms, he strives to present an honest and poignant tableau of adolescent transformation.

Consciously emulating the cinematographic mode, Roulette’s compositions could be stills from the ‘buddy films’ with which the artist identifies. In particular, he is concerned with the journeys from dystopia toward an imagined utopia that the male characters of such films undertake. The figures in each of Roulette’s paintings exist in the midst of this extended right of passage. Like Roulette himself, they test their independence in an archetypal cross-country road trip, searching for that ideal in the landscape of the American west. Nonetheless, the solemn, almost alienated expressions on many of the figures’ faces are a testament to the uncertainty and anxiety inherent in this process.

As syntheses of appropriated images and personal photographs, Roulette’s technically precise compositions imbue universal themes with the empathy of individual experience. Attention to detail in the work suggests an alluring intimacy with the figures and the circumstances in which they are portrayed. Although painstakingly rendered, Roulette works to retain a sense of photographic immediacy, a captured moment that implies a cinematic narrative extending beyond the space and time of the images themselves.

Born in Columbus, Ohio, and currently residing in New York City, Alex Roulette received his BFA in painting and graphic design from the Maryland College Institute of Art in 2009. The recipient of numerous scholarships and awards, Roulette has been honored as a recent recipient of New American Painting’s Jurors Prize. The emerging artist’s works have been exhibited in public institutions and significant private venues in New York City, Washington D.C., Santa Fe, Baltimore and Cincinnati.

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