Alex Curry was born in London in 1974, spent his early childhood in the British Virgin Islands, and was then educated at Stowe School. He studied fine art at Winchester and Norwich schools of art before moving to rural Suffolk, where he has lived for twenty years. Alongside his artistic practice he has designed and built various bespoke timber frame buildings.
Recent works have focused on detailed, large-scale drawings of industrial structures, drawn on decorator's lining paper, with a common theme of information transmission, electrical distribution, and agricultural production. When isolated in a detailed drawing, these structures appear to question a modern society that relies on the mass provision of information and resources.
He also creates oak panels inlaid with steel, which depict the East Anglian coastal estuaries and highlight inherent environmental concerns about climate change. The steel is patinated with a mixture of copper sulphate and sulphuric acid extracted from car batteries, while the oak is treated with iron acetate, made by mixing rust and vinegar, which reacts with the tannin in the oak and turns black. This reaction has historically been used in the making of gall ink. The environmental theme, as well as those of population and habitation, are further explored in his works using brush and ink, oil painting and geometrical sculptures.
Alex frequently receives commissions and has exhibited in a number of Suffolk galleries. Recently, three of his drawings were commissioned for public spaces in the converted BBC Television Centre, West London. He has also worked as a stone carver’s assistant producing contemporary sculpture and architectural stonework.
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