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

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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

  • Tue 11 Dec - Sat 29 Dec 2018 'WIP' (Work in Progress) - Group Exhibition

    STALA CONTEMPORARY is proud to celebrate the opening of its new gallery premises with a celebratory 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!

  • 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 - Going back to where I come from

ALEX MACIVER - Going back to where I come from 

mixed media on canvas 2018, 90 x 93.5cm

$1,000.00
ALEX MACIVER - Reaching

ALEX MACIVER - Reaching 

strip light, mannequin, concrete, acrylic & spray paint 2018, 150H x 93W x 93cm D

$500.00
ALEX MACIVER - Playing Catch up

ALEX MACIVER - Playing Catch up 

mixed media on canvas 2017, 30 x 40cm

In response to the upcoming Australian plebiscite for marriage equality and the ongoing media farce

$1,000.00
ALEX MACIVER - Scheme 1

ALEX MACIVER - Scheme 1 

acryli, 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 - 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, 93 x 91cm

ALEX MACIVER - The Poorest Company

ALEX MACIVER - The Poorest Company sold

mixed media on canvas 2017, 90 x 90cm