At a quick glance, Alex Roulette’s paintings could be mistaken for photographs. However, upon further inspection, one can see the beautifully rendered pieces have a personality much deeper than any photograph could express.
Roulette describes his process:
“Through painting, I depict fictional and occasionally fantastic scenes that explore the blurred sense of time and place within memories. The dreamlike landscapes incorporate familiar elements of suburban life that both stylistically and symbolically represent a quasi-nostalgic ordinariness. The isolation and dislocation of cars, houses, and figures, and the exploration of subtle spatial relationships, recall the hazy state of dreams in which certain details fall into place while others fade away into the unconscious.”
Waiting, Oil on Panel
Roulette states “I meticulously photograph environments and collect found images such as vintage postcards. In constructing the painting, I use combinations of these reference images, to fabricate an open-ended narrative with the emotion of a memory.”
Smoke Bomb, Oil on Panel
A Small Good Thing, Oil on Panel
Backdrop, Oil on Panel
Grove, Oil on Panel
Hedges, Oil on Panel
Roulette, who currently resides in New York, had his first solo exhibition ‘Paintings’ in 2008 at MICA Meyerhoff Piano Gallery in Baltimore, Maryland. You can visit Alex Roulette’s website to see more of his paintings.