Alexander Augustus was a student at Varndean College from 2004-2006. Following his time here, he went on to study a Joint Honours Degree in Art History, Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of East Anglia where he gained a High 2.1. This was followed by further studying between 2009-2013 at the Corcoran College of Art, Washington DC; Isis Language School, Brighton; and Central Saint Martin’s College of Art & Design, London. He has trained as an anthropologist and art historian and then in fine art and spatial design.
Alexander is a visual artist intrigued by the eccentric and dramatic mythologies of people; their stories, politics, hopes and fears. These archetypes are reflected strongly in all his work. He is part of a new generation of artists who create spectacular installation works that are comprised of meticulously made elements, using classic methods: bronze-casting, woodblock, textiles, metalwork, film and theatre, combined with digital media such as CAD and 3D modelling.
His work is essentially a coming-together of ideas with processes of making. Founder of the prominent ‘The Bite Back Movement,’ with South Korean artist Seung Youn Lee, over the last six years, he has organised large-scale events and exhibitions in the UK, Germany, France, and Korea. He has engaged with issues of our times. In 2013, a solo exhibition at Somerset House in London, titled ‘A Dangerous Figure’, dealt with the alienation and despair of young unemployment. Covered by Art Monthly and Frieze Magazine among others, and registered in the archive of the National Portrait Gallery in London, ‘A Dangerous Figure’ brought focus to a contemporary tragedy. The bronzes in the current exhibition at Beaux Arts, in Mayfair London, are ‘Dangerous Figures’, a continuation of that body of work.
More recently, his work has engaged with various types of modern mythology and the imagery that this evokes. Large-scale works in metal in Berlin, permanent steel sculptures in Seoul and installation work streamed into Tate Modern, are interesting examples of this mythological exploration.
He lives and works in London and Berlin and has been in group exhibitions with prolific living artists such as Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Oksang Lim and Nan Goldin, old Masters including Henry Moore, Elizabeth Frink, David Bomberg, Jacob Epstein, Walter Sickert, and exciting contemporary artists such as Wan Lee.