Alex McLeod

Artist Profile

At first sight, Alex McLeod's work truly fascinates, intrigues, mesmerizes. In his photographic impressions, he depicts fantastical landscapes that are completely computer generated and digital in nature, causing the viewer to question this dichotomy between the real and the virtual. His creative model developed with specialized software triggers a tactile reaction through which the viewer is incited to question the medium. Like a dream, the universes he creates are both ephemeral and precious. 

McLeod produces small abstract forms, trees, clouds, urban structures more or less chaotic, which he then covers with materials and ultra-realistic textures that simulate glass, crystal, wood, fabric, metal, porcelain, plastic… the artist also plays with light causing lightness and darkness to interfere in a profound way, thus offering the viewer a sense of confusion and enabling him to enter into the realm of the dream through his entirely computer-generated images and C-Print editions, depicting unreal landscapes. 

Alex McLeod lives and works in Toronto. An OCAD graduate, Alex McLeod studied drawing then switched to computer-generated digital imagery. He presented his works widely in Canada, especially in Montreal, Toronto, Regina, but also in the United States, like New York, Hamilton, Philadelphia, Chicago, and in France, Spain, Sweden, New-Zealand and Brazil. In 2009, he received a visual art grant from the Council of Art of Toronto. McLeod works featured in many private and publics collections, notably for the Royal Bank of Canada, Museum of Contemporary art of Canada, Bank of Montreal and MMPI Canada.

2012Computer Arts Collection |
 Macro Trend - Reality and Digital Collide | 1 août
 
2012La Presse | Mario Cloutier
 Paradis artificiels à l'édifice Belgo | 15 juin
 
2012ARTINFO Canada | Sky Goodden
 Alex McLeod "Stoner Art" on the Eve of Montreal Solo Show | 26 mai
 
2012Co.DESIGN | Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan
 Amazing, Hyperreal Renderings of Candyland Dreamscapes | 17 mai
 
2012Voir | Nicolas Mavrikakis
 À perte de vue | 23 février
 
2011Computer Arts UK |
 Hyperrealistic 3D Landscapes | 12 octobre
 
2011The Grid | Sara J. Angel
 Pixar meets Picasso | 20 septembre
 
2011Connected |
 Alex McLeod Visual Artist | 14 septembre
 
2011Now Magazine | David Jager
 Distant Secrets | 1 septembre
 
2011The Ministry of Artistic Affairs | Gareth Brown-Jowett
 Interview : Alex McLeod | 15 août
 
2011Rhizome | Natalie Saltiel
 Barmecidal Projects : FREE 4 ALL | 23 mai
 
2011National Post | Leah Sandals
 At the Galleries : Harbourfont Happenings | 20 mai
 
2011The Gazette | John Pohl
 A Tent Full of Art | 9 avril
 
2011Maclean's | Joanne Latimer
 Would Picasso Have Sold Online? | 16 mars
 
2011Artcards Review | Cielo Lutino
 Anywhere But Canada | 6 mars
 
2011Connected | Evan Davies
 Tablet Creators : Infinite Artistry at your Fingertips | 28 février
 
2011Mix |
 Alex McLeod | 20 janvier
 
2010BlackFlash | Dagmara Genda
 Digital Terrain | 15 décembre
 
2010Toronto Life |
 Ten artists first-time buyers should invest in now | 24 novembre
 
2010Icosa | Emily Haggstrom
 An Exhibition of Leading Contemporary Canadian Artists | 12 septembre
 
2010Impression/Expression - Art Toronto Blog | Maggie Rust
 Futuristic art, traditional ideals : Alex McLeod is a Hybrid | 12 août
 
2010Design Lines | Todd Harrison
 Candy-coated Chaos | 25 juin
 
2009Alternavox | Maria Calleja
 At the Angell Gallery | 18 août
 
2009The Star | Murray Whyte
 Manufactured Landscapes and Dark Transparency : Alex McLeod and Michael De Feo at Angell Gallery | 13 août
 
2009Now Magazine | Sara Titanic
 Artist profile : Alex McLeod | 26 juin
 
2009The World's Best Ever |
 Artist Alex McLeod in is Own Words | 28 mai