Art Portfolio

Below you will find a sampling of the three categories in which I work: abstract, conceptual magical realism, and commission based portraiture. 

 

Many of the paintings you see are currently being enjoyed by their collectors. Please send an email to alexebauwens@gmail.com if you are interested in purchasing work, commissioning work, or would like to be notified when new work is available!

"Portrait of Olivia" 24x30" oil commission.

"Daedalus's Son" 9x12" oil on canvas.

Winner of the $1000 "Small Works, Big Vision" Competition.

  

"Brady", 16x20" oil on canvas.

2018 ARC Finalist.

 

A commission of a customer's dog. Painting Brady's soft fur was an enjoyable challenge. I wanted to capture his "smile" in this portrait in order to have contrasting textures within the painting.

ABSTRACT​

"Rest" 28x22" oil and acrylic on canvas.

 

As an artist, I draw inspiration from nature and the philosophies of stoicism. The Stoics understood that fate was unpredictable. As Seneca states, “As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.'' The Stoics believed that it was a sin to take life for granted, that one should enjoy every moment, whether it be perceivably good or bad.


In order to translate these philosophies into modern times, I paint butterflies and insects as core symbols throughout my work. Using these creatures in combination with abstract design expresses the subjectivity of existence and allows the viewer to meditate within the present moment.

   

"Seneca" 9x12", oil and acrylic on canvas.

  

"Stay" 14x11" oil and acrylic on canvas.

"Buzz" oil and acrylic on canvas

  

"Earth" acrylic on canvas.

  

"Landslide" acrlyic on canvas.

CONTEMPORARY REALISM

"Sojourn" 40x30" oil on canvas. 2019 ARC Finalist.  

 

“Sojourn” explores the ideas of impermanence and emotional projection.

 

During the creation of this piece I experienced multiple transitions ranging from professional success to a confidence shattering riding accident.  These changes affected the direction of the piece as I processed my feelings with each stroke, changing directions just as my life had. 

 

This piece became a meditation as I reconciled and embraced the ever changing process of both life and art.  Along the way I discovered the hidden gifts that could only be found from a dramatic change in perspective, from being forced to see my subject from the ground up rather than the lofty view I had gotten so used to a week prior, from learning to embrace and release with the same breathe as I experienced this sojourn. 

  

"The Secret Truth" 18x24" oil on canvas.

2016 ARC Finalist.

First Place in the 2016 Artist's Magazine Competition.

 

This dreamlike portrait represents the timeless intersection between one's imagination and the reality of the world we live in. His expression shows how he longs for his imaginary world to be real, while facing the realities of growing up.

 

ANIMAL PORTRAITS

"Asleep", 30x40" oil on canvas.

Winner of the 2019 Fine Art Connoisseur Award.

 

Asleep is about finding comfort in loss. The brown dog on top, had recently passed away. In her lifetime, she was always watching over her sister. This piece aims to show her sister sleeping peacefully as her spirit keeps watch.

 

Though the piece depicts the comfort and safety of a deep bond between animals, I worked to create a feeling that is human and relatable.

"Captured" 24x30" oil on canvas.