Art & World Affairs


With Isis on the attack, Ebola claiming souls, Putin stepping our toes and questionable politicians trying to solve it all; in my work I ponder the question: “How is Contemporary Art able to impact individual lives, society and world affairs?”
“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all whoever have”. Margaret Mead
I don’t have the answer yet, but I invite you to join my quest on Instagram.

iPhone Wonder

David-Alexanders_Silver Lining (2010)Recently, while lying in bed reading Ken Follett’s novel “The Pillars of The Earth”, I noticed the effect my reading lamp had on this massive painting that hangs just above the headboard. Intrigued, fascinated and enthused with the chiaroscuro and opalescent effect, I grabbed my iPhone. I found the resulting picture so beautiful, that immediately I used it as my first Instagram photo. As a trained and professional photographer, I’m totally impressed with the iPhone 5s’ camera, the image quality and resolution are stunning. Bravo Apple! Silver Lining (2010) Acrylic on canvas 160 x 300 cm (63 x 118 in.)

Life’s a Boomerang

My most recent painting and the first one of 2013.  What Goes Around, Comes Back Around  Acrylic on canvas, 90 x 190 cm (35.4 x 74.8 in.) Few people stop to think of the full meaning behind this Universal Law. As for me, it’s a core foundation of my philosophy, translating into:

…The love you give, is reciprocated.
…The hate you spit out, slashes back.
…The kindness you extend, caresses you in return.
…The negativity you live by, reflects in your life.
…The faith we live by, blesses us beyond our wildest expectations.
…The fear we cling to, imprisons us deeper.
…When we cheat, life cheats us.
…When we extend a helping hand, someone is always there when we need it.
…When we destroy, we are crushed.
…When we construct, we are built up.
…When we love, we are loved.


YOUR LIFE_1_WEB_David-AlexandersRecently, a kind stranger on Google+ wrote this comment about the last painting titled: Your Life Is Your Message To The World, Make Sure It’s Inspiring

“The vibrant cascading colours combined with the precision of bold, fluid brush-stroke movements lead to a universal puzzle of life. A sense of inspiration is provoked by the above mentioned factors which explore the meaning of life and the inner beauty of the soul. The viewer is jolted to respond by the dynamic impact of Nature’s true beauty of conjured images created by this high calibre piece of art which possesses provocative qualities, visionary, conceptual, integrity and a unique style. Spectacular and provocative themes. Plus your interesting comment. Wish I could see the real painting of sheer delight!! Impressive.” Andrew Smith, Cape Town, South Africa


Yin-Yang_David-AlexandersSide by side, the last two paintings show an unintended sequence one from the other, a balancing act or yin-yang if you will, portraying how polar opposites or seemingly contrary forces are indeed complementary, interconnected and interdependent in the natural world, and how they give rise to each other in turn in relation to each other.

What Are You Looking At?

What Are You Looking At?: 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye
Move over Gombrich – there’s a new art book in town! For sceptics, art lovers, and the millions of us who visit art galleries every year – and are confused – What Are You Looking At? by BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz is a wonderfully lively, accessible and enlightening history of Modern Art, from Impressionism to the present day. Will Gompertz is the BBC Arts Editor and probably the world’s first art history stand-up comedian. He was a Director at the Tate Gallery for 7 years. He has a particular interest in modern art and has written about the arts for The Times and the Guardian for over 20 years. In 2009, he wrote and performed a sell-out one-man comedy show about modern art at the Edinburgh Festival. He was recently voted one of the world’s top 50 creative thinkers by New York’s Creativity Magazine. Read article by John Wilwol

Feu d’artifice

38 different colours, over 5,000 brushstrokes and just over two weeks of work, this painting, a feu d’artifice, is now finished and awaiting its final title.