Alex Dordoy is a painter and sculptor who explores ideas of artificiality, nostalgia, and the role of technology in image-making. The unearthly scenes and objects depicted in Dordoy’s paintings reference Art Nouveau advertisements and designs, awakening the symbolic potential of their imagery. The artist edits and manipulates his source imagery using Photoshop and paints the resulting compositions, returning these representations to the physical realm. Through editing and reconfiguration, these images are stripped of their previous meaning and re-contextualized as vivid moments preserved before our eyes. An aura of romanticism an nostalgia delicately persists, underpinned by the painter’s precise, graphic rendering.
Dordoy often paints multiple versions of the same image in varying bright hues, suggesting the passing of time by means of an artificial light source of alluring beauty. The precision with which the artist renders his works is bewitching for the seeming absence of the painter’s hand. While the presence of humankind is apparent in many of his works, the figure is distinctly absent. The conspicuous lack of a protagonist or empathetic subject in Dordoy’s works implicates the viewer as a participant and subject, creating opportunities for deeper visual contemplation.
Alex Dordoy (b. 1985 in Newcastle, UK) lives and works in London (UK). He received his BFA from the Glasgow School of Art (UK) in 2007 and completed the residency program at De Ateliers, Amsterdam (NL) in 2009. Recent solo exhibitions include: Ruin is Rune, GRIMM, New York, NY (US) in 2020; Summers’ Ego, GRIMM, Amsterdam (NL) in 2018; The Moss is Dreaming, curated by Tom Morton, Blain|Southern, London (UK); From Svalbard Soil, The Modern Institute, Glasgow (UK) in 2017; Model T, The Modern Institute, Glasgow (UK) in 2015; Sleepwalker, De Ateliers Debut Series, Kunstmuseum, The Hague (NL); and Persitencebeatsresistance, Inverleith House, Edinburgh (UK) in 2014. Dordoy has been included in numerous group exhibitions including: Away in the Hill, GRIMM, New York, NY (US) in 2019; Doodle & Disegno, Blain|Southern, Berlin (DE) in 2018; Future Eaters, Monash University Museum of Art, Caulfield East (AU); Use/User/Used, Zabludowicz Collection, London (UK) in 2016, among many others. Dordoy’s work can be found in many private collections, as well as the collections of Kunstmuseum, The Hague (NL); Zabludowicz Collection, London (UK); Akzo Nobel Art Foundation, Amsterdam (NL); Start Museum, Shanghai (CN); and the KRC Collection, Voorschoten (NL), among others.