“I paint therefore I am”.
At school the only class Alex liked was art, this is where his fascination and obsession with the media, advertising, logos and pop art began. Moving on from studying fine art and sculpture at university he had the freedom to experience with a range of different media but consistently returned to using readily available household paint, partly out of necessity and cost but also for its high coverage and the bold rawness it achieved.
Influenced by the expressionism in Jackson Pollock but also a desire to create a reproduced aesthetic like Warhol he started to combine the styles.
In later years a passion for graffiti and the emergence of street artists heavily influenced his working process and we picked up the can. Learning how to cut stencils followed as a natural progression from the pop art style that remained a huge influence.
At a similar time he acquired the nickname “SkipRat” (often found searching for wood and any other “useful” materials in skips remains a common pastime). The 47 was a later addition and the rest is history.