Alex Sewell (born 1989, Salem MA) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Sewell completed his BFA at MassArt in Boston, Massachusetts, and joined the studios of artists Jeff Koons and Bjarne Melgaard as an 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. 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.

Sewell has had his work featured alongside Jim Dine’s poetry at Hauser & Wirth, NY. He has exhibited at Blake & Vargas, Berlin, Big Pictures Los Angeles, CA, the Museum or Fine Arts Boston, MA, the Danforth Museum, MA, the Monmouth Museum, NJ, Freight + Volume, Five Myles, and Spring/Break, New York. His work has been reviewed in Artforum, Hyperallergic, and Artnet, and can be found in the permanent collections of Enterprise Bank, Lowell, MA and Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA, and the National Gallery of Bermuda, among others.

EDUCATION

2013  BFA, MassArt, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS 

2019
TOTAH, New York, NY, When I Wanted Everything

2018
Neochrome, Torino, Italy
At Large BK, Brooklyn, NY
Freight + Volume, New York, NY, Summer of Love

2017
Arts Research Collaborative, Lowell, MA, “but in battalions!”
TOTAH, New York, NY, Hookey
This Friday or Next Friday, Brooklyn, NY,  Tough
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, MA, 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

2018
“Alex Sewell,” Work in Progress. February 2018.

2017
Grunthaner, Jeffrey. “Looking Back on 2017: Art.” BOMB, December 2017.
Panicelli, Ida. “Critic’s Pick, Alex Sewell.” Artforum, September 2017.

2016
Steinhauer, Jillian. “Spring/Break, a Sprawling Alternative Art Fair that Delivers.” Hyperallergic, March 2016.
Johnson, Paddy. “The Artist-Centric Movement has its Milestone Moment: SPRING/BREAK.” ArtFCity, March 2016.

2015
“Things We (Can’t Believe We) Saw at Bushwich Open Studios.” Bedford+Bowery, June 2015.
Yaniv, Etty. “Conduit for Cross Pollination: Ess Ef Eff Presents Tread.” artsinbushwick.org, July 2015.

2012
Sacco, Courtney. “A year ‘Til Life Starts: Alex Sewell plans a Show.” Boston.com, March 2012.
Sacco, Courtney. “A Year ‘Til Life Starts: A Stressful day for Alex Sewell.” Boston.com, March 2012.
Sacco, Courtney. “A Year ‘Til Life Starts: Alex Sewell celebrates, waits.” Boston.com, February 2012.
Sacco, Courtney. “A Year ‘Til Life Starts: Meet Alex Sewell.” Boston.com, February 2012.
Albaum, Seth. “Artist Interview : Alex Sewell.” Lynnhappens.com, 2012.

SELECTED COLLECTIONS      

Enterprise Bank, Lowell, MA
Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Tower Building, Boston, MA
University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA

Articles & Reviews

2019

Hovey Brock. “Alex Sewell: When I Wanted Everything.” Brooklyn Rail, November 2019.

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2017

Grunthaner, Jeffrey. “Looking Back on 2017: Art.” BOMB, December 2017.

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Panicelli, Ida, “Alex Sewell.” Artforum, September 2017.

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2016

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

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

2012

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

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

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

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

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