20th Century British & Contemporary Art
Castlegate House Gallery

Alex Hain

Alex Hain
Alex Hain

We travel many many miles, each and every month, in search of new talent to bring to the gallery. We don’t want to be a copy of what can be seen and acquired elsewhere, we want to show art and represent artists we feel genuinely passionate about. To that end, we see most of the Art School graduation shows, always clinging to a sliver of optimism that maybe, just maybe, around the corner.... It happened, with Jess Pigott, at Wimbledon College of Arts. Then it happened again, with Alex.

No graduation show this time, this was an introduction from one of our existing artists, Helen Tabor. Alex lives and paints close to Helen; she’d seen his work; she mentioned it to me. Believe me, we see a huge amount of artists each year, many of which approach the gallery, but when Alex brought in his work, propped up against the walls, we were astounded.

Here was a young artist, his father being a professional artist also, working away in a studio, with little plan as to what he was going to do with what he was creating. The work has such power, in both subject and execution, which you stand, look at and are absorbed by it. It’s raw and yet has sophistication. It’s contemporary and yet follows no well-trodden path. Alex is doing Alex’s thing, and we want to share that with you.

Steve