Alex Gross

Best known for his pop surrealist figurative work, LA-based Alex Gross addresses issues around globalization, consumerism and identity through finely rendered oil paintings and mixed media creations.

After receiving a BFA from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, in 1990, Gross explored illustration and music before turning to painting full time. He was awarded a prestigious Art Fellowship from the Japan Foundation in 2000 and, after numerous solo and group exhibitions, his first retrospective museum show was held at Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, in 2007.

Gross cites a huge range of influences, from Japanese advertising to Flemish gothic painting, Victoriana, George Orwell and Radiohead. Excited by the idea of “freely mixing imagery that doesn’t normally go together,” he tackles contemporary dichotomies with elegance and wit.

The Art of Alex Gross (Chronicle Books, 2006) was the first monograph on this artist, and has since been followed by Discrepancies (Ginko Press, 2010), Now and Then: The Cabinet Card Paintings of Alex Gross (Ginko Press, 2012) and Future Tense: Paintings by Alex Gross, 2010-2014 (Ginko Press, 2014).