Inspiration: Alex Katz at Tate St Ives

I have been meaning to share more of others' work, that I find inspirational. Helen and I had a rare child free morning last Saturday so we headed to Tate St Ives. Tate are currently exhibiting the work of New York painter Alex Katz, showing a collection of painting spanning from his early work in the 1950s right up to very recent large floral work. Alex Katz's landscapes, portraits and floral paintings are made up of large areas of flat colour which given them a very graphic style. Born in Brooklyn in 1927, Alex started painting in the 1950s. He attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan in Maine and still today spends his time between New York and Maine where he paints his large scale paintings.

It was great to visit the exhibition, his work is inspirational. Some of the key pieces for me were his portraits of his wife Ada, such as The Black Dress, 1960 (below) and his recent floral images such as Wildflowers 1, 2010 (bottom).

It you are in the St Ives area over the summer the exhibition is well worth a visit. The exhibition can also be seen at the Turner Contemporary in Margate in the Autumn.

The Back Dress, 1960

Wildflowers 1, 2010