Alex Yarlett is an abstract expressive artist based in Falmouth, Cornwall. He grew up in Cornwall, and it is here that he began to nurture his passion for Art; in particular drawing and painting the rugged Cornish Coastline. Alex went on to study BA(Hons) Fine Art at Cardiff School of Art and Design, focusing upon mark-making, installation art, print-making and painting. Alex apprenticed with renowned artist Paul Wadsworth; during this time and upon graduation, Alex's work has fully embraced the coastlines of Cornwall.
Alex seeks to engage with the emotion of his surroundings to convey the dynamic story of the day he has experienced. Within this process, Alex gains inspiration from nature on location through spontaneous painting and sketching, using a mixture of fast line work and slow observational drawing in a range of materials. From his seaside studio, Alex then slowly builds and blends layer upon layer of medium to evolve each piece into his unique, informed and emotive abstract expressive art.
The vast majority of these works were created throughout the out-pour of news and national grief in response to the Global Covid-19 pandemic. Alex used his breadth of sketchbook work, paintings en plein air and notes from his time spent on the cliff tops in the days and weeks before the lock-down to inform this body of work. These paintings represent the 'horizons’ he 'discovered' in seeking to focus on the beauty we can encounter in the world around us when we take a moment to breathe it in.
During these trying times, Alex has found that the calm and encompassing nature of the sea was a source of great optimism and faith. Alex hopes that this ‘Discovering Horizons’ series of paintings expresses this sentiment and that they continue to nurture the seed of hope and iridescent beauty that he began to discover during the collection's creation.