alexandra connor

Having been an art historian I knew about the techniques of the Old Masters and now use them in my work. I specialise in portraits and allegorical works. With the latter, every gesture, colour and object has a meaning. For example, a monkey represents cunning, so if a monkey is placed near a figure it tells that person’s character. Pearls represent sorrow or vanity. Ruffs are indicative of materialism. The Greeks believed that the wearer took on the attributes of the animal fur they wore. In such a way the paintings can be read.
In my portraits I often put an egg tempera base underneath layers of oil glazes which increases the luminosity and impact. Some of these techniques date from the 14th Century.   I’ve painted businessmen, famous actors, comedians, children, and animals including in the paintings with their owners!
My mentor was Pietro Annigoni who believed in me and encouraged my work. He wrote:   “It is incredible what you have achieved. Go ahead, and work hard!”

Portraits have been commissioned by The Royal Shakespeare Company, exhibited in the RSC Theatre and RSC Art Gallery. I have painted Kenneth Branagh, Brian Blessed, Anthony Sher, Frank Middlemass, Ken Dodd and others.

My paintings have been collected in Europe, the USA and Japan.

I’ve exhibited in Stephen Bartley Gallery, Old Church Street Gallery, Chelsea.

One woman show at the Marina Henderson Gallery, Chelsea.
One woman show at the Richmond Gallery, Cork Street, London.

My  biography and work has been featured in The Times, The Telegraph, Observer, Le Figaro and La Sicilia. I’m listed in Debrett’s ‘Prominent People of Today’ and I’m also a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts.

I have also illustrated my children’s books and my art thrillers on Caravaggio, Hogarth, Rembrandt, Titian, Goya and Bosch. All published by Quercus and publishers in the USA and nine other countries.

I have paintings to sell at a variety of prices, from large figurative works, to small portraits. Please feel free to discuss prices with me with no obligation. I am willing to take commissions.
My e mail is alexandra@alexandra-connor.co.uk
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