Athenaeum Music & Arts Library Joseph Clayes III Gallery

Joseph Clayes III Gallery


Wick Alexander: On the Money

January 6 - February 10, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, January 12, 6:30-8:30 PM


Wick Alexander will present a recent series of drawings entitled On the Money. Each drawing depicts images from currency around the world. As a graduate student at UCSD in the 1980s Wick came across a book entitled Syst-O-Color by Dutch designer Paul Schuitema. He found Schuitema’s approach to color and layout inspirational. Wick’s series On the Money incorporates pages from Syst-O-Color. The drawings explore common social tropes and both cultural and color values in design. Wick will also present an installation, Walking Inside a Painting, as well as other drawings.


Since 1980, San Diego native Wick Alexander has been producing distinctive paintings, sculptures and public artworks. Awards for his paintings have been presented by the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council and the Ford Foundation. His paintings are included in many private collections and museum permanent collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, the California Center for the Arts in Escondido and the Banff Center of the Arts in Alberta, Canada. Exhibitions of his panoramic vision include “California: A Second Glance,” at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, California; “Common Ground”, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, “Transcending Borders,” at the CECUT in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, and most recently,” Nature Improved,” at both the San Diego History Center and the Oceanside Museum.


Wick Alexander utilizes his expertise in landscape design in many of his projects. Along with his partner, Robin Brailsford, he developed LithoMosaic, a patented decorative concrete technique used in floors and walls in both interior and exterior environments. LithoMosaics have been installed in the most extreme climate conditions from Alaska to Nevada. Currently, Wick is working on two public projects in Los Angeles, California.