Alexander Gorlizki

Alexander Gorlizki

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Gentleman at Home, 2020
Archival pigment print on Canson, Infinity Platine, Fibre Rag 310g paper 
16 x 12 inches (40.6 x 30.5 centimeters)
Edition of 25

© Alexander Gorlizki, 2020.

Alexander Gorlizki (b. 1967 London, UK) is based in Brooklyn, NY and also works in Jaipur, India.

Gorlizki has been fascinated with traditional artisanal techniques for the past 25 years and has combined disparate visual languages and iconography with highly specialized forms of craftsmanship. He has collaborated with and commissioned artists and craftsmen including stone carvers, embroiderers, sand-casters, spectacle repairers, shoemakers, sign painters, filmmakers and forgers amongst others. In 1996 Alexander established an atelier with master miniature painter Riyaz Uddin, in the Muslim quarter of Jaipur’s Old City and this 700-year-old tradition has been the primary focus of his work ever since. Gorlizki conceptualizes and designs all the elements of the paintings that are then rendered with astonishing skill by Riyaz and his assistants. When Gorlizki isn’t in the studio in Jaipur, each work is sent back and forth between New York and Rajasthan, sometimes over a period of two, three or more years accumulating layer upon layer of notes, revisions and additions.

Gorlizki’s imagery draws on a wide and varied range of sources, from Eastern and Western art historical references to cartoon and pop iconography and found objects and the work spans across geometric abstraction, narrative compositions and the decorative arts.

Gorlizki’s work is in several museum collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, The Aspen Art Museum in Colorado, the Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, USA, Artothèque Limousin, Limoges, France and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, USA.