Alex Maciver

Alex Maciver, born in Sydney 1985, is a Perth based artist, curator and writer. Since graduating with a BA(Hons) in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee University UK in 2007, he has been actively involved with many artist-run initiatives, events and festivals both in Australia and overseas.

Through painting, collage, film and installation, Maciver often uses humour to challenge preconceived notions and their impact on thinking and behaviour.

 In 2013, Maciver won the Fremantle Print Award and in 2014 won FilmFreo24. His works features in many public and private collections, including City of Fremantle Collection WA.

Alex Maciver 2017

http://www.alexmaciver.com/

ARTIST STATEMENT 'WIP' (Work in Progress)' 2018 - Alex Maciver

These paintings for are part of a series titled Schemes that question the integrity of segregation on the bases of class or economic status. ‘Scheme’ is defined as a plan, design or program of action to be followed but it can also mean to plot a devious plan, to be shady or otherwise use intellectual power to deceive or carry out a plan for personal interest. In ‘Scheme’ the outcome is a series of layered paints that is a clear reflection of the process undertaken. There is not enough diagnostic information in the individual detailing to clearly determine this work as portraiture, landscape, still life or architectural plans, yet something about the overall organisation of the image, the gestalt, is still allowing us to recognise restraint and separation. Without providing a pithy aphorism, the spontaneous gestures are restricted by a black outline at parts, almost as if commentary around considered chaos, or restricted movement. The hard black outline is representative of hard edge, structure, rules and regulations. Also could refer to the trap of the poverty cycle. There is an apparent layering of paints and mixture of textures that represent the many complexities of the human condition that are not considered in situational bias.

ARTIST STATEMENT 'reincarnation' 2018 - Alex Maciver

Although the origins of the notion of reincarnation are obscure, Maciver's layered painting and sculptural work challenge the preconceived ideals imposed by societal trends.

These works position the viewer to focus on prejudiced difficulties imposed on individuals through unjust societal norms and hold responsible the actions and emotions of an individual in their current lifetime.

 


 

Curriculum Vitae

Alex-Maciver-CV-2017.pdf (pdf 199kB)

Exhibitions

  • Wed 07 Oct - Fri 30 Oct 2020 'West Coast' - Alex Maciver

    West Coast is an exhibition of new artworks by award winning WA based artist Alex Maciver for the 2020 exhibition program at STALA CONTEMPORARY. 

    For this exhibition, Maciver will be creating a series of new paintings that manifest as painterly abstractions of considered layering hosting distinctive compositions. Through a considered and unified presentation these paintings will explore notions of prolonged frustration and observation regarding contemporary concerns.

  • Wed 08 Jul - Fri 07 Aug 2020 'Refrain. Reflect. Reset (Art in the Time of Corona)'

    A group exhibition exploring the artists' experience of the  Corona enforced period of lockdown and isolation. Featuring Kathryn Haug, Mardi Crocker, Alex Maciver, Sue Leeming, Wade Taylor, Di Cubitt, Denise Pepper, Britt Mikkelsen, Ayad Alqaragholli, Liam Dee, Marcia Espinosa, Michelle Hyland, Alana McVeigh, Tori Benz, Jarrad Martyn, Shana James, Ellen Norrish and Lindsay Harris.

  • Wed 11 Dec - Fri 10 Jan 2020 'Seasonal Salon' - STALA CONTEMPORARY artists (Gallery A)

    A salon hang of some of the works of the incredible artists who exhibit at STALA CONTEMPORARY. Join us to celebrate the amazing art year that was! Works pictured here are just an indication and will be available to cash and carry after Opening Night.

  • Wed 07 Aug - Sat 14 Sep 2019 'HOLD ON' - Alex Maciver & Sam Bloor

    Through a series of mixed media paintings and sculptural installations, the works in HOLD ON draw influence from subculture, anarchy, protests and stereotyping. The artists — each through their lens’ of influence and experience — individually experiment with layering of text, texture and image which represent the complexities and agitations arising from their cultural observations.

    Maciver enlists a bold, abstracted style in his works which are accompanied by a series of floor standing sculptures, whilst Bloor mixes more formal text-based works, with banners, iconography and space altering installation treatments.

  • Tue 11 Dec - Sat 12 Jan 2019 'WIP' (Work in Progress) - Group Exhibition (Image courtesy Ian Williams artist)

    STALA CONTEMPORARY is proud to celebrate the opening of its new gallery premises with its inaugural group exhibition 'WIP (Work in Progress' running 11 -29 December 2018. Featuring an exuberant and eclectic assembly of 17 exceptional artists:

    Adam Hisham Ismail/ Alex Maciver/ Anna Sabadini/ Anne Walmsley/ Ayad Alqaragholli/ Denise Pepper/ Di Cubitt/ Ellen Norrish/ Jarrad Martyn/ Kathryn Haug/ Kim Hyunji/ Liam Dee/ Marcia Espinosa/ Michelle Hyland/ Richard Healy/ Sue Leeming/ Wade Taylor

    Affordable/Collectable Art from the West End Arts Precinct to you!

    Image courtesy Ian Williams artist

  • Tue 13 Mar - Fri 23 Mar 2018 'reincarnation' - Group Exhibition

    'reincarnation' is the first group exhibition to celebrate the launch of STALA CONTEMPORARY. Running TUESDAY 13 - Friday 23 March 'reincarnation' features a stellar line up of 13 diverse and dynamic contemporary artists from WA, Melbourne and Sydney,. STALA CONTEMPORARY is thrilled to be featuring painting, drawing and sculptures by Richard Healy (Sydney), Kim Hyunji (Melbourne), Kathryn Haug, Jarrad Martyn, Alex Maciver, Wade Taylor, Michelle Hyland, Di Cubitt, Ayad Alqaragholli, Marcia Espinosa, Anne Walmsley, Ellen Norrish and Adam Hisham Ismail.

    Participating artists have been invited to exhibit new or recent works that respond to the theme of reincarnation.


Works

ALEX MACIVER - All the Stars at Night

ALEX MACIVER - All the Stars at Night

acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas, 100 x 150cm

$2,750.00
ALEX MACIVER - Conditioned

ALEX MACIVER - Conditioned

acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas 2020, 60 x 60cm

$900.00
ALEX MACIVER - Far from Land and Home

ALEX MACIVER - Far from Land and Home

acrylic, oil and spray paint, 60 x 60cm

$900.00
ALEX MACIVER - Flying Duck #1

ALEX MACIVER - Flying Duck #1

spray paint on watercolour paper 2020 (framed)

Call for pricing
ALEX MACIVER - Flying Duck #2

ALEX MACIVER - Flying Duck #2

spray paint on watercolour paper 2020, (framed)

Call for pricing
ALEX MACIVER - Flying Duck #3

ALEX MACIVER - Flying Duck #3

spray paint on watercolour paper 2020, (framed)

Call for pricing
ALEX MACIVER - Flying Duck #4

ALEX MACIVER - Flying Duck #4

spray paint on watercolour paper 2020, (framed)

Call for pricing
ALEX MACIVER - Flying Duck #5

ALEX MACIVER - Flying Duck #5

spray paint on watercolour paper 2020, (framed)

Call for pricing
ALEX MACIVER - Flying Duck #6

ALEX MACIVER - Flying Duck #6

spray paint on watercolour paper 2020, (framed)

Call for pricing
ALEX MACIVER - Interior

ALEX MACIVER - Interior

acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas, cm

$1,500.00
ALEX MACIVER - Online Fairy Tales and Efforts to Create

ALEX MACIVER - Online Fairy Tales and Efforts to Create

acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas 2020, 40.5 x 30.5cm

$450.00
ALEX MACIVER - Private Island

ALEX MACIVER - Private Island

acrylic, oil and spray paint, 60 x 60cm

$900.00
ALEX MACIVER - Probably Unrealistic

ALEX MACIVER - Probably Unrealistic

acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas, 100 x 150cm

$2,750.00
ALEX MACIVER - Purple Sky

ALEX MACIVER - Purple Sky

acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas, 100 x 150cm

$2,750.00
ALEX MACIVER - The Resource of Each Other

ALEX MACIVER - The Resource of Each Other

acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas, 60 x 60cm

$900.00
ALEX MACIVER - The Sky is Falling

ALEX MACIVER - The Sky is Falling

acrylic, oil and spray paint, 61 x 76cm

$1,000.00
ALEX MACIVER - We Didn't Mean to go to Sea

ALEX MACIVER - We Didn't Mean to go to Sea

acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas 2020, 60 x 60cm

$900.00
ALEX MACIVER - West Coast

ALEX MACIVER - West Coast

acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas, 60 x 60cm

$900.00
ALEX MACIVER - A Fiction We Told Ourselves

ALEX MACIVER - A Fiction We Told Ourselves

acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas 2019, 100 x 150cm

$2,750.00
ALEX MACIVER - Aesthetics and Society

ALEX MACIVER - Aesthetics and Society

acrylic, oil and spray paint 2019, 100 x 150cm

$2,750.00
ALEX MACIVER - Another sort of love story

ALEX MACIVER - Another sort of love story

acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas 2019, 150 x 100cm

$2,750.00
ALEX MACIVER - Desperate to live

ALEX MACIVER - Desperate to live

acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas 2019, 150 x 100cm

$2,750.00
ALEX MACIVER - Despite Their Differences

ALEX MACIVER - Despite Their Differences

acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas 2019, 100 x 150cm

$2,750.00
ALEX MACIVER - Encounter

ALEX MACIVER - Encounter

acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas 2019, 150 x 100cm

$2,750.00
ALEX MACIVER - Executive Realness

ALEX MACIVER - Executive Realness

acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas 2019, 100 x 150cm

$2,750.00
ALEX MACIVER - Face It

ALEX MACIVER - Face It

acrylic, oil and spray paint 2019, 100 x 150cm

$2,750.00
ALEX MACIVER - Fates of Countless People

ALEX MACIVER - Fates of Countless People

acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas 2019, 100 x 150cm

$2,750.00
ALEX MACIVER - Flat Lie

ALEX MACIVER - Flat Lie

acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas 2019, 150 x 100cm

$2,750.00
ALEX MACIVER - Fool Proof Disguise

ALEX MACIVER - Fool Proof Disguise

aacrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas 2019, 60 x 60cm

$900.00
ALEX MACIVER - Good Day

ALEX MACIVER - Good Day

acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas 2019, 100 x 150cm

$2,750.00
ALEX MACIVER - Humdinger

ALEX MACIVER - Humdinger

acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas 2019, 150 x 100cm

$2,750.00
ALEX MACIVER - No Mans Land

ALEX MACIVER - No Mans Land

acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas 2019, 100 x 150cm

$2,750.00
ALEX MACIVER - Out of Sight

ALEX MACIVER - Out of Sight

acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas 2019, 100 x 150cm

$2,750.00
ALEX MACIVER - Predictably imperfect

ALEX MACIVER - Predictably imperfect

acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas 2019, 150 x 100cm

$2,750.00
ALEX MACIVER - Security Concerns

ALEX MACIVER - Security Concerns

acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas 2019, 100 x 150cm

$2,750.00
ALEX MACIVER - Standing Ovation

ALEX MACIVER - Standing Ovation

acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas 2019, 150 x 100cm 

$2,750.00
ALEX MACIVER - Take the Edge Off

ALEX MACIVER - Take the Edge Off

acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas 2019, 150 x 100cm

$2,750.00
ALEX MACIVER - The Residents

ALEX MACIVER - The Residents

acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas 2019, 100 x 150cm

$2,750.00
ALEX MACIVER - There was Some Calm

ALEX MACIVER - There was Some Calm

acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas 2019, 150 x 100cm

$2,750.00
ALEX MACIVER - They Say We Are Not Like Them

ALEX MACIVER - They Say We Are Not Like Them

acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas 2019, 100 x 150cm

$2,750.00
ALEX MACIVER - World is on Fire

ALEX MACIVER - World is on Fire

acrylic, oil and spray paint 2019, 100 x 150cm

$2,750.00
ALEX MACIVER - Scheme 1

ALEX MACIVER - Scheme 1

acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas 2018, 80 x 64cm

$1,400.00
ALEX MACIVER - Scheme 6

ALEX MACIVER - Scheme 6

acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas 2017, 80 x 64cm

$1,400.00
ALEX MACIVER - Mother Tongue

ALEX MACIVER - Mother Tongue
sold

acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas 2019, 150 x 100cm

ALEX MACIVER - Remember Me If I Forget

ALEX MACIVER - Remember Me If I Forget
sold

acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas 2019, 150 x 100cm 

ALEX MACIVER - Way Out West

ALEX MACIVER - Way Out West
sold

acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas 2019, 60 x 60cm

ALEX MACIVER - Scheme 2

ALEX MACIVER - Scheme 2
sold

acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas 2017, 80 x 64cm

ALEX MACIVER - Scheme 4

ALEX MACIVER - Scheme 4
sold

acrylic, spray & oil paint on canvas 2017, 80 x 64cm

ALEX MACIVER - The Poorest Company

ALEX MACIVER - The Poorest Company
sold

mixed media on canvas 2017, 90 x 90cm 

STALA CONTEMPORARY

12 Cleaver St, WEST PERTH WA 6005

GALLERY HOURS (During Exhibitions):
Wednesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm
Or by appointment

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