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ALEXANDRA KLIMAS Fine Animal Studies

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Beauty the Mute Swan Oil on canvas, 90 x 120 cm

Front cover: Alexandra Klimas with her painting of Tank the Bull Oil on canvas, 130 x 100 cm


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ALEXANDRA KLIMAS Final Animal Studies

2nd November - 23rd November 2019 Open 10.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Saturday

T H E J O H N D AV I E S G A L L E R Y The Old Dairy Plant · Fosseway Business Park Stratford Road · Moreton-in-Marsh · Gloucestershire · GL56 9NQ 01608 652255 e: gallery@johndaviesgallery.com w: www.johndaviesgallery.com © John Davies Gallery & Alexandra Klimas All rights reserved. No part of this catalogues may be reproduced in any form by print, photocopy or any other means without permission from the John Davies Gallery


ALEXANDRA KLIMAS I am very proud to be presenting this collection of works by Alexandra Klimas. Few artists achieve the level of capability and finesse that this artist has reached; the fact that she has succeeded in producing paintings to an international standard through her own self-development being selftaught, an autodidact, is an amazing accomplishment. The story started many years ago when Alexandra would often visit her grandparents’ farm, a farm which had livestock. Thus, her love of farm animals started to develop at an early age, as well as the need to draw them. There has not only been a drive within her to create these studies because of the strong attraction of the subject, but Alexandra has also been driven by the concern for how such animals, inevitably destined for our consumption, are treated. This concern is not only for the quality of the creatures’ lives while on the farms, but it is also for the way they are transported as well as how their lives are ended. Consequently, Alexandra only visits farms that put the welfare of their animals first and farms that are also managed in the most ecological manner. Her compositions go well beyond being simply pictures - likenesses of her subjects - these paintings are incisively observed studies that invite the viewer to dwell on their individuality, their existence and their place in the scheme of things. They are portraits, and for the paintings to work at such a level they must be completed to the highest of standards – anatomically correct, composed with a combination of originality and vitality as well as being executed with sophistication using the best materials. Alexandra uses only the highestgrade oil paints, Rembrandt, applied to canvas for the medium and large paintings and panels for the smaller compositions. Alexandra observes her ‘sitters’ at close hand over an extended period, transforming the animal’s curiosity in her to a bond of familiarity and confidence that enables her to focus on both the form and the detail of her subjects. All her animals have names and she has become very aware of their individual personalities. Working at this level takes huge perseverance, a level of commitment that rarely comes without a degree of sacrifice. Alexandra’s work comes first in her life. The results are outstanding and can only be considered amongst the finest of their genre. John Davies November 2019

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Betsy the Sheep Oil on panel, 25 x 20 cm


Sheep in a Lovely Pasture Oil on canvas, 60 x 100 cm

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Lana the Sheep Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm

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Lotte I the Sheep Oil on canvas, 60 x 80 cm

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Sheep on the Hill Oil on canvas, 80 x 60 cm

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Sheep with a Lamb on the Hill Oil on canvas, 80 x 60 cm

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Jessie the Cow Oil on canvas, 50 x 60 cm

Friends Oil on canvas, 100 x 130 cm 8


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A Bull on the Hill Oil on canvas, 50 x 80 cm

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Tank the Bull on the Hill Oil on canvas, 120 x 90 cm


Hannah the Cow Oil on canvas, 60 x 80 cm

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Tank the Bull Oil on canvas, 130 x 100 cm


Adelia the Cow Oil on canvas, 80 x 60 cm

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Saskia the Cow Oil on canvas, 60 x 80 cm

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Yasmine the Cow Oil on canvas, 40 x 60 cm

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Cows in a Landscape Oil on canvas, 40 x 80 cm

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Daisy the Cow Oil on canvas, 40 x 50 cm

Lola & Lily the Cows Oil on panel, 20 x 30 cm

Tessa the Cow Oil on canvas, 40 x 50 cm

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Liva the Cow Oil on canvas, 60 x 70 cm

Lora the Cow Oil on canvas, 80 x 60 cm

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Three Cows Oil on panel, 20 x 30 cm

Fenny and Foujke the Cows Oil on canvas, 80 x 60 cm

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Zara Oil on panel, 16 x 12 cm

Suzanne Oil on panel, 16 x 12 cm

Megan I Oil on panel, 22 x 12 cm

Tara Oil on panel, 15 x 12 cm

Jenna Oil on panel, 15 x 9 cm

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Charlie the Rooster I Oil on panel, 30 x 20 cm

Charlie the Rooster II Oil on canvas, 80 x 40 cm

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Miep and Lelebel the Chickens Oil on canvas, 80 x 100 cm

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Lily and Isa the Chickens Oil on panel, 30 x 45 cm

Lily the Chicken Oil on panel, 40 x 30 cm

Š John Davies Gallery & Alexandra Klimas Design: Steve Hayes Printing: Blackmore 24


ALEXANDRA KLIMAS

Born 1970 in The Netherlands MUSEUM EXHIBITION 2019 Gorcums Museum, Reaslism in the Art, Gorinchem, NL 2018 Museum del Tabac, Hiperrealisme, Andorra 2017 Gorcums Museum, ‘The Cow in Art’, Gorinchem, NL SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2019 Plus One Gallery, London, UK 2019/17 John Davies Gallery, Moreton-in-Marsh, UK 2016/15 Galerie Patries van Dorst Wassenaar, NL 2014/11 Galerie Lieve Hemel, Amsterdam, NL 2012 Galerie Appélbergen, Onnen, NL SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2019 Saatchi Gallery (Plus One Gallery), London, UK 2019-14 Plus One Gallery, London, UK 2019 Art Breda (Van Loon Galleries), NL 2019/15 John Davies Gallery, Moreton-in-Marsh 2018 Biënnale Veghek (Van Loon Galleries, NL 2018 Fresh Art Fair (John Davies Gallery) UK 2017 Art Laren Art Fair, NL 2017 Art Breda (Art & Antiques Fair), NL 2017/15 Galerie Lauswolt, Olterterp, NL 2016 Realism Art Fair, Amsterdam (Gallery Lauswolt), NL

2016/15 2015 2015 2014-09 2014 2014/12 2013 2013-10 2013-10 2012 2011 2010 2009 2009 2007 2006 2005 2005 2004/03/01/00 2003 2001 2000 2000

Galerie Patries van Dorst, Wassenaar, NL 20|21 International Art Fair, London (Plus One Gallery), UK Art & Antiques Fair Breda (Galerie Lauswolt), NL PAN Art Fair, Amsterdam (Galerie Lieve Hemel), NL Art & Antiques Fair Breda (Gallery Lieve Hemel), NL Galerie Lieve Hemel, Amsterdam, NL Galerie Lieve Hemel ‘Small & Narrow’, Amsterdam, NL Art & Antiques Fair Utrecht (Galerie Lieve Hemel), NL Realism Art Fair, Amsterdam (Galerie Lieve Hemel), NL Galerie Lieve Hemel – Amsterdam, NL Artspot Fair Amsterdam, (Galerie Lieve Hemel), NL Galerie Lieve Hemel Spring Exhibition, Amsterdam, NL Galerie Lieve Hemel – Three-Man Exhibition, Amsterdam, NL Art & Antiques Fair ‘s-Hertogenbosch (Galerie Lieve Hemel), NL Stadsgalerie Woudrichem, Woudrichem, NL Artgallery Artjan, Borne, NL Galerie Rubens, Enschede, NL SLB Art Gallery, Zeewolde, NL Galerie ‘t Kunsthuis van het Oosten, Enschede, NL Gast expositie bij Kunstenaarsvereniging Streefkerk, NL Art Events Chavignol, FR Galerie Le Pignon, Grootschermer, NL Art Events Brugge, BE

Back cover: A Bull on the Hill Oil on canvas, 50 x 80 cm


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Alexandra Klimas  

Fine Animal Studies of beautiful cows, wonderful chickens and sheep, all with names that the artist gives to her 'sitters'

Alexandra Klimas  

Fine Animal Studies of beautiful cows, wonderful chickens and sheep, all with names that the artist gives to her 'sitters'