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Artist Interview: Alex Calinescu 6th October 2016

Alex Calinescu was born in Cambridge in 1967. Calinescu attended the Art Foundation course in Cambridge in 1985, moving to London in 1986 to study painting at the City and Guilds of London Art School and from there attended the postgraduate painting course at the Royal Academy Schools from 1989-1992. Calinescu has exhibited in England, Ireland and Japan, and spent three months as artist in residence at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in Connecticut in 2006...

New paintings and prints  - Fermynwoods 2007

The work of Alex Calinescu offers the viewer the experience of a pure note, or a group of notes, even as the sound is in the act of disappearing. By using space, line, scale, tone and colour Calinescu invites us into the realm of revelation with an exploration of the precision of momentary change caught in stillness....


'The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation Residency 2006' by Emma Hill

Before leaving the UK for her residency at the Albers Foundation in April 2006 Alex Calinescu had 88 small etching plates made, one for each day she would spend at the isolated Connecticut studio. The decision to mark the time spent there in the record of the prints is reflective of the way Calinescu generally works, developing related series of images within formal parameters that have gradually been reduced to simple elements: line and coloured ground....

Recent Work 2005

Alex Calinescu’s paintings are never simply about appearances. At first glance they are pleasing patterns of abstract marks. Closer inspection reveals them to be emotional equivalents: precise yet mysterious analogues of a world of feeling, communicated in Calinescu’s distinctive and evolving language of hooked and overlapping lines against monochrome backgrounds....


From Three Lines

‘When people look at my paintings I want them to feel something, something beyond just what they see. ’ Alex Calinescu

Abstraction in painting can be like music. There may be correspondences with the phenomenal world, the world of appearances, but these are like faint memories – triggers to an emotional response rather than the subject of the painting. Patterns of lines, brushstrokes, shapes and colour, textures, have a mysterious power to resonate in the psyche at a level that defies conscious explanation, just as in listening to music we can be deeply moved, without fully understanding what it is that moves us....


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