Alexander Glass



Alexander Glass (London) unravels how experiences of joy, pleasure, longing and loss will often coexist. In his large-scale drawings, an idealised version of himself is depicted on two beaches at other ends of the country: Polzeath here in Cornwall, and Filey in North Yorkshire. These figures look out across both coastal contexts in a reciprocal interaction of indulgence and voyeurism. The drawings are about seeing and being seen, and there is a palpable sense of melancholy, of being on the edge of something. This follows an art historical tradition of depicting lone or isolated figures in a landscape; in one sense existential, but in another familiar and nostalgic.

Dr Matt Retallick