Every day during Advent 2015 we’ll feature a different South West artist. We’ve framed, printed or exhibited the artists featured in Advent Artists.
18th December: Alex Faulkner
Alex Faulkner was originally a successful interior designer, having designed the Queen’s Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace, the interior of Caius College in Cambridge, Lloyds Shipping Building, the Guardian Royal Exchange and the British Council Hong Kong. This career came to a sudden end in 2004 when Alex suffered a life-threatening cerebral aneurysm. Following this experience, Alex decided that he needed a change of lifestyle, and he left the business. Alex then launched an online gallery specialising in 19th Century Japanese woodblock prints, Toshidama Gallery.
Since 2004 Alex has resumed the art practice he first fostered when studying at Bath School of Art at Corsham as a young man. Alex has recently exhibited with Chris Bucklow under the guise of fictitious artists Dimitri & Wenlop.
Originally beginning as a means of further discussing ideas first raised during an interview of Bucklow by Faulkner for the Toshidama Gallery, it quickly became more of a commentary on the work each were producing at the time. It takes the form of a discarded typewritten playscript; the central characters of the play being the eponymous Dimitri, a theatre director and Wenlop, producer and impresario.
The dialogue between Dimitri and Wenlop both describes and contextualises the paintings. As such, it was brought into book form as the catalogue for a joint exhibition of work by Bucklow and Faulkner, also titled Dimitri & Wenlop at Riflemaker, Bath, Walcot Street Mortuary Chapel in November 2015.
– 2015 www.dimitri-wenlop.com
We framed most of Alex’s work for the Dimitri and Wenlop, and Simon is currently framing several pieces for Alex’s forthcoming solo show at Black Swan Arts, Frome.
Alex has a forthcoming solo show of drawings and paintings at Black Swan Arts, Frome. It opens on the 9th January, with a preview on the 8th 6-8pm all welcome.
Find out more about Alex at his website www.alexfaulkner.net