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Matthew Alexander RBA
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Matthew Alexander RBA
Detail of Le cafe bleu, Honfleur, oil on board, 12 x 16 inches

With the enviable reputation as one of this country’s finest landscape painters, Matthew Alexander has opened Alexander’s Studio Gallery near his home in Monkton, Kent where he exhibits his paintings and limited edition prints. Born in 1953 he was educated at Simon Langton School Canterbury and subsequently at Canterbury College of Art foundation, Maidstone College of Art B.A. Hons and the University of London where he gained his PGCE. His father Chris Alexander (1926-82) the noted artist and lecturer has been the main influence on his painting. After graduating in 1974/75, Matthew and his wife Patricia, moved back to his home town of Margate where he secured a position teaching art at a secondary school whilst at the same time running courses in painting at the local Adult Education Centres. It was during this time, working at the side of his father, teacher and mentor that he began to paint and exhibit landscapes which found ready buyers and this helped to convince him of the need to resign from teaching to pursue his love of painting. In the summer of 1981 with a growing family of three children he made the difficult and brave decision to leave the comfort and security of the teaching profession and commence on the uncertain journey to becoming a self-employed artist. He was soon exhibiting his paintings in many of the major galleries in the South of England and encouraged by strong demand for his work began to submit to major exhibitions in London including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, The Royal Watercolour Society, The Royal Institute of Oil Painters and The Royal Society of British Artists  to which he was elected a member in 1985.

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