Clytie Alexander’s most recent works are series that focus not only on their surface planes but also on the relationship between the pieces and the space around them. While sharing characteristics with its series each piece is unique and the variations occurring piece to piece create both motion and stillness. Building and modulating color and light and working with “permeable boundaries” Clytie Alexander constructs an experience of seeing the walls on which the work is installed and the work as both natural phenomenon and as finely calibrated visual experience.
Born in Lawrence, Kansas, Clytie Alexander was educated in Quebec and Bangladesh where she studied music and dance. She studied art at UCLA.
She is the recipient of awards and grants that include the American Academy of Arts and Letters Art Purchase Award 2003, 2007 and 2013; the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant, 2005: the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, 1993 and 2001; and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program 1998-2020. Her work resides in public collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the Getty Research Institute Library, Los Angeles; the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Fondo Francesco Moschini, Rome, and the Sarabhai Family Foundation, Ahmedabad.
She lives and works in New York, Sante Fe and Los Angeles.