Header Image: "Still Ignoring It", 2020. Acrylic on canvas
Artist Alex Gardner is known for his oil paintings of faceless silhouettes with as few identifying details as possible. His paintings never tell a specific story, instead choosing to focus on the emotion and mood that are inspired by real life. The close-ups of body parts or bodies tangled together, without any telling details, tell a universal story of intimacy that anyone can relate to.
While his early paintings are of figures painted in black, Gardner, who is biracial, never intended them to specifically be identified as Black. Even in his BLUES series where the paintings are dominated with the color blue, the darkness of the figures’ skin might still be interpreted as an identity rather than an avoidance of it. “This is a problem anyone making figurative work has to reconcile and a question only non-white artists seem to have to answer.”
View more of Alex Gardner’s works on his Instagram.