Alexander received first prominent international recognition with the iconic Jasmin (1997-8), a highly absorbing painting exhibited in 2002 in the cross-generations show “Painting on the Move”, curated by Peter Pakesch at the Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland. The painting was sitting in this exhibition like an intimate monolith, showing a young woman’s face, - her eyes looking devotionally upwards at a higher realm, - like a Renaissance angel. A dramatic play of shadows gives a touch of contemporary orientalism and goth, while the immediate realism of the features is rather unsettling.

  • Oil on canvas
  • 77 x 69.5 cm
  • 1997–8
  • Private collection
Photorealistic painting of a woman in blue tones, capturing intense eyes and shadowed features by British artist Mark Alexander.