Alec Egan, The Armory Show, 2023, Installation view
Alec Egan is a Los Angeles based painter. His thick impastoed figurative paintings are strikingly banal interior scenes. The interior spaces his paintings depict are premised on a fictitious memory— willfully playing on tropes of nostalgia. There are moments of clarity in the messy compositions. Particular objects begin to stick out and become repeated across his various canvases. This repetition allows the items to garner their own strength and intensity, despite their mundane status. A pair of socks or plants on a windowsill are distilled into something melancholic and profound.
Alec Egan (b. 1984, Los Angeles, CA) completed his MFA at Otis College of Art and Design in 2013, and received a BFA in creative writing and poetry from Kenyon College. Recent solo exhibitions include Miro’s Corner at MAKI Gallery in Tokyo, Japan; The Study at Charles Moffett Gallery, New York, NY; and Look Out, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA. His work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions at Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, IA; California Heritage Museum, Santa Monica, CA; and the Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA. Egan’s current solo exhibition Drawing Room at Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT is on view through October 9, 2023. Egan lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
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I’ve been collecting Alec’s work and watching his incredible development for a few years now. The bright colors, the maximalist patterns, and the intense sunsets turn these traditionally domestic views into something striking. —Mike Steib
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"In my work, there is a staging of that effect of pattern upon pattern. If I do it right, the work comes to a place where we wonder: Is it disgusting or is it beautiful? I like that kind of ad nauseam, confusing conceptual space, where beauty becomes more surreal and psychological.” —Alec Egan
Ms. Ebgi said that even though she had presold some of the works to Asian collectors — “You have to have some certainty,” she said — her gallery’s presence on the floor at the convention center was valuable. — Ted Loos
Egan’s painted world is lush and luscious, offering hope and a way to indulge in fabricated beauty. He is without a doubt a skilled draftsman who easily combines a range of styles by experimenting with thick and thin applications of paint as well as sparse to overcrowded compositions. —Jody Zellen
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Alec Egan’s lush interiors feature floral wallpapers and fabrics that suggest some absent homeowner’s obsession with harnessing nature into man-made designs. Egan loves the way that his still lifes can conjure narratives, as well as ideas about just who the mysterious, unseen occupants may be. He named “storytelling, exhibition construction, duration, and seriality” as his major aesthetic interests. —Alina Cohen
In the midst of his luscious, floral-laden wallpaper and upholstery patterns though, distinct forms coalesce for a well-earned respite. A brown grocery bag filled with perfectly ripe fruit is a symbol of the nostalgia that permeates all of Egan’s work, which he creates based on half-formed memories mixed with cultural sources. —Caroline Goldstein
"I think you can tell I came to fine art from writing. My paintings are about this conflict between representation and language and conflating their similarities. There’s a highly decorative thing going on with the flowers and wallpaper where on one hand they almost blend in with each other. But they are all paintings within paintings, mapping out the cerebral through actual space." —Alec Egan