Alex Katz (b.1927) has been a pioneer American in figurative painting for decades, specialising in large-scale portraiture and landscapes. Starting out in the 50s, his minimalist style anticipated the infamous Pop-Art movement, whilst his work was predominately influenced by the Abstract Expressionists.
Katz attended the Cooper Union in New York before being awarded a scholarship to the renowned Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture in Maine in 1949. It was here where he learned the true value of drawing from life and painting plein air, both of which became staples in his practice and career.
Inspired by the advertising, film making and photography boom of the 60s, Katz began printmaking and would go on to create dozens of etches, lithographs, lino and woodcuts and silk prints. In the 80s and 90s he refocused back onto painting predominantly large scale flat landscapes, but his printmaking has proved to influenced his practise ever since.
He has had over two hundred solo exhibitions internationally, ranging from the Roko Gallery in 1954 (his first solo show), the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Saatchi Gallery and the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga. In 2016, he exhibited at the Serpentine in London, and received critical acclaim for his lucid and colourful large scale canvases. This is his first time to be exhibited by the New Art Centre.