Alexander Small © 1998 - 2021 all rights reserved

From an Original Photograph © Pauline Wood 2013


Born in the UK, Alexander studied art and philosophy in Bristol and has been a practicing artist for the past seventeen years completing his MA at Camberwell College of Art London. He regularly exhibits in the UK, Europe, and North America. He has been a resident artist, trustee and volunteer at the Artist Sanctuary in Northampton and a member of the Northampton Arts Collective as a voluntary board member for NN Contemporary (formerly the Fishmarket Gallery) from 2009 to 2018. He received the Juliet Gompert’s Trust Award in 2010, was selected for the Future Map 11 exhibition at the Zabludowicz Collection, completed an AIR mini residency at Archway London and completed the Printmaking fellowship 2016/17 at the University of Northampton. Past projects have included a collaborative practice ‘Articulating History’ placing art concepts in historical contexts and Gallery S6X a contemporary art space and online gallery. Current projects include an invitational curatorial project InCase, support for a dedicated Printmaking studio and gallery Intercession and an annual exhibition ‘Tayne Painters’.


My practice explores ideas of the Trickster as an archetype and how these are represented in visual culture. The trickster mythos includes characters such as Puck and Bugs Bunny with themes around these often including boundary breaking and liminality.

Taking cues from found imagery including the ‘poor images’ of the web, diagrams, photographs, scans of prints and cartoons I play with taboo subjects and repressed experiences. Acting in the vain of ‘tickster’ I seek to re-present a visual language mocking bodily functions, questioning gender and making jokes about genitals, philosophically working towards a ‘metaphysics of shit’.

Painting tropes are employed in a variety of ways joke abstraction, faux expressionistic gestures and uneven airbrushing lay bare the mechanics of the medium.


Camberwell College of Arts, London
University of the West of England, Bristol
University of Northampton