What and who has inspired your art work?
I learned silver-smithing from my aunt, Marianne Brown, and my mother, Linda Brown. My inspiration comes from the shapes and patterns found in nature. I pay close attention to negative space, ‘the spaces in-between’. I have found numerous other inspirations from metalsmiths around the world. Anything amazing made by hand inspires me.
What’s integral to the work of an artist?
The most important thing is to have an outlet. The human mind is always striving for creation. To see your work completed and have others appreciate it is rewarding, but almost secondary to the need to create.
What role does the artist have in society?
I try to make beautiful things that last, so I hope my work serves as a reminder of the beauty to be found in the world.
What art do you most identify with?
I love all kinds of art, but there is a special place in my heart for all landscapes; carved, painted, photography, amateur, or professional.
I love making, and I think you’ll agree, people love shiny things!
Alex draws inspiration from the math inherent in beauty, and strives to replicate nature’s infinite grace. Perfect imperfections and happy accidents help him in his work. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and visit his C3 booth at Trinity Bellwoods Park, as part of the September 12-13 Queen West Art Crawl.