Born in 1989, Alex Sewell lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Sewell moved to NYC, following the completion of his BFA at UMASS Lowell, and joined the studios of artists Jeff Koons and Bjarne Melgaard as assistant sculptor/painter. Sewell’s work is characterized by his use of symbols borrowed from popular, consumer and gaming cultures and his mastery of oil technique, which he uses to play conceptual ‘trompe l’oeil’s on the viewer. His ability to mimic pixel with oil, or wood grain with fabric weave, sets the stage for a switch between real, imaginative, and digital representations, effectively returning the virtual to the immediate and tactile.

Sewell is a founding member of Ess Ef Eff, and has shown at Five Myles, 86 Eldridge St, and Spring/Break, New York, and his work has reviewed in Artforum, Hyperallergic, and Arnet. His work can be found in the collections of Enterprise Bank, Lowell, MA and Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA among others.

Education

2013  BFA UMASS Lowell

Selected Exhibitions 

2017

TOTAH, New York, NY, Hookey

Five Myles, Brooklyn, NY, The Battle Days

Calico gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Calicornucopia 5

Spring/Break Art Show, New York, NY, Alex Sewell + Marine Cornuet

TOTAH, New York, NY, Group Show

2016

Defend Brooklyn, New York, NY, Stronghold

Five Myles, Brooklyn, NY, Five Myles Benefit

The Pivot Gallery, New York, NY, Pivot Presents Ess Ef Eff

Viridian Gallery, New York, NY, Director’s Choice

Proto Gallery, Hoboken, NJ, New Barracuda

86 Eldridge St, New York, NY, When the Cat’s Away

Miller Misc., New York, NY, Work

Space Ship, New York, NY, H.M.S.M.A.B.B.R

Otto’s Shrunken Head, New York, NY, Art City Fundraiser

Spring/Break Art Show, New York, NY (curator), Object Trap!, (curator)

Brooklyn, NY (curator), Ess, Ef, Eff, Fort, (curator)

2015

Underdonk, Brooklyn, NY, Underdonk Selects

Anahita Gallery, Tehran, Iran, The Landscape Changes 30 Times

Big Irv’s Gallery, Brooklyn NY, The New New People

Viridian Gallery, New York, NY, 26th International Juried Exhibition

Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston MA, Summer Party Auction

Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown, MA, Spotlight Six

Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown, MA, 30 Under 30

2014

Boston Children’s Museum, Boston, MA, Art for Your Feet

Bakalar Gallery, Boston, MA, 25th Annual Massart Auction

Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA, Massachusetts

Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ, 35th Annual Juried Exhibition

2013

Greater Lowell Community Foundation, Lowell, MA, Alex & Alex, Too

Pavement, Boston, MA, Blind Handshake

Galatea Fine Art, Boston, MA, N.E. Collective IV

The Fourth Wall Project, Boston, MA, Battles

Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA, Off the Wall

Bakalar Gallery, Boston, MA, 23rd Annual Massart Auction

The Pumpkin House, Boston, MA, Not All Gone

2012

Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA, Works by Alex Sewell and Allan Dygon

The State House, Boston, MA, Alex+Alex at the Hub of the Universe

Uncharted Gallery, Lowell, MA, T.C.C. Continued

Brian’s Ivy Hall, Lowell, MA, The T.C.C Show

The Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY, A Show of Heads

S.L. Gallery, Boston, MA, The Young Alumni Show

Pop Up Gallery, New Rochelle, NY, Pickled Punks Art Show

Galatea Fine Art, Boston, N.E. Collective III

Surface Gallery, Lowell, MA, Grand Opening

Paine Gallery, Boston, MA, 2012 Massart Senior Show

McGuire Gallery, Provincetown, MA, Group Showing

The President’s Gallery, Boston, MA, Massart Annual All School Show

Meulensteen Museum/Art Gallery, New York, NY, Yeki Bud, Yeki Nabud

2011

Printer of Prescott Studio, Lowell, MA, The 144 Show

The Eggroll, Lowell, MA, The Dave Vaughn Show

The President’s Gallery, Boston, MA, Massart Annual All School Show

2010

The Fourth Wall Project, Boston, MA, Installation

Dugan Gallery, Lowell, MA, Student Art Union Benefit

Dugan Gallery, Lowell, MA, Materiality

2009

Dugan Gallery, Lowell, MA, It’s All About Perception

Gemstones, Lowell, MA, Art Invasion

Dugan Gallery, Lowell, MA, Process Made Visible

Dugan Gallery, Lowell, MA, One Hundred Forty-Four Show

Dugan Gallery, Lowell, MA, The Big Show 19th Annual Juried BFA Exhibition

Bibliography

2017

Ida Panicelli, Critic’s Pick, Alex Sewell, Artforum, September.

2016

Jillian Steinhauer, “Spring/Break, a Sprawling Alternative Art Fair that Delivers”, Hyperallergic, March.

Paddy Johnson, “The Artist-Centric Movement has its Milestone Moment: SPRING/BREAK”, ArtFCity, March.

2015

“Things We (Can’t Believe We) Saw at Bushwich Open Studios”, Bedford+Bowery, June.

Etty Yaniv, “Conduit for Cross Pollination: Ess Ef Eff Presents Tread”, artsinbushwick.org, July.

2012

Courtney Sacco, “A year ‘Til Life Starts: Alex Sewell plans a Show”, boston.com, March.

Courtney Sacco, “A Year ‘Til Life Starts: A Stressful day for Alex Sewell”, boston.com, March.

Courtney Sacco, “A Year ‘Til Life Starts: Alex Sewell celebrates, waits”, Boston.com, February.

Courtney Sacco, “A Year ‘Til Life Starts: Meet Alex Sewell”, Boston.com, February.

Seth Albaum, “Artist Interview : Alex Sewell”, Lynnhappens.com

Selected Collections      

Enterprise Bank, Lowell, MA

Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Tower Building, Boston, MA

University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA

 

Articles & Reviews

2017

Ida Panicelli, Alex Sewell, Artforum. September 2017

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2016

Jillian Steinhauer, “Spring/Break, a Sprawling Alternative Art Fair that Delivers”, Hyperallergic. March 2016.

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Paddy Johnson, “The Artist-Centric Movement has its Milestone Moment: SPRING/BREAK”, ArtFCity. March 2016.

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2015

“Things We (Can’t Believe We) Saw at Bushwich Open Studios”, Bedford+Bowery. June 2015.

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Etty Yaniv, “Conduit for Cross Pollination: Ess Ef Eff Presents Tread”, Artsinbushwick.org. July 2015.

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2012

Courtney Sacco, “A year ‘Til Life Starts: Alex Sewell plans a Show”, Boston.com. March 2012.

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Courtney Sacco, “A Year ‘Til Life Starts: A Stressful day for Alex Sewell”, Boston.com. March 2012.

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Courtney Sacco, “A Year ‘Til Life Starts: Alex Sewell celebrates, waits”, Boston.com. February 2012.

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Courtney Sacco, “A Year ‘Til Life Starts: Meet Alex Sewell”, Boston.com. February 2012.

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