FRIDAY JULY 29th, 2022 I 6 PM

Tickets: $15


John Alexander


Sag Harbor — The Church is excited to announce the next iteration in our Knowledge Friday lecture series featuring John Alexander.

Knowledge Friday is a monthly lecture series featuring local makers and shakers, artisans, and experts in a diversity of fields.

In conversation with Sara Cochran, The Church’s chief curator, John will reflect on his long, storied, and varied career and life. John grew up fishing in the East Texas bayous and camping in the Big Thicket, these experiences developed a deep reverence for nature at an early age. After studying at Lamar University in Beaumont and Southern Methodist University in Dallas, John taught at the University of Houston. In 1979 he moved to New York and in 1986 he bought a house in Amagansett.

John is internationally recognized as a skilled draftsman and painter who creates arresting still lives, emotionally intense landscapes, and incisive and satirical portraits that tackle politics, religion, and the absurdity of the human condition. His wide-ranging artistic career is a testament to his keen mind and insatiable curiosity. Nevertheless, there are two constants in his work: his lush depiction of the natural world with its glorious flora and fauna and his critical view of humanity, American politics, corporate greed, and the senseless, manmade destruction of the planet.

John describes his ongoing subject matter as “nature at its grandest and man at his worst,” or the “glimpse of paradise before the wrecking ball hits.” Critic Robert Hughes admiringly referred to him as “a Texan swamp hog raised by madness.” John will share with us his sharp intellect, acerbic humor, trickster magic and perhaps even a little art.



John Alexander developed his love and appreciation for nature while playing in the woods of East Texas, where he was born and raised. As an art student, he watched the transformation of the Texas shoreline by the oil industry. This devastation inspired his work and provoked him to document our many immoral encroachments on the natural world. After studying drawing, painting and art history at Lamar University and Southern Methodist University, he moved to New York. Alexander now spends his time between Amagansett, East Hampton and New York City. His work has been widely shown in the United States including at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. His work is also featured in many permanent collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.



Housed in a deconsecrated 19th century Methodist church, The Church is an artist residency, exhibition space, and creativity center. It is a place where local and national artists and creatives of all stripes work, meet and inspire each other. Artists Eric Fischl and April Gornik bought the building as a shell three years ago and have led its redesign with Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership. The modern interior complements its historic frame and is emblematic of the contemporary program of events that animate the structure. The Church will increase access to the arts for our diverse audiences, foster creativity on the East End, and honor Sag Harbor’s long tradition as a maker’s village.

For more information visit: www.thechurchsagharbor.org


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