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Alex Gough is a painter born in 1981. He completed his Foundation studies at Chelsea College of Art in 2002 and BA Hons Painting at Camberwell College of Art in 2005. In 2011 he graduated from City and Guilds of London Art School with an MA in Fine Art. He was a resident artist at Center for Recent Drawing from 2009-2011 and is currently a resident artist at Block 336 gallery. Gough has exhibited in the UK, Finland and the USA and has had two solo exhibitions notably: Sinen Syvyys at the Arts Gallery.
"I attempt to bring together, within my painting, two separate experiences: one is in nature, and one is in paint. The relation between the two is not of duplication but what I refer to as equivalence. These experiences are bound with a sense of openness of being that is experienced in these encounters with Wilderness, to create a Wilderness in paint."
He has developed a new surface to work on; layering semi-transparent synthetic veil over highly refined primed cotton. Goughs work is deeply influenced by phenomenological, sensational events: the Aurora Borealis, intense twilight and dangerously cold temperatures within the Arctic forests of Lapland during mid winter. What he is trying to establish through his painting is a non-narrative (non-illustrative) expression of experience.