Kerry Kugelman writes : Alex Schaefer, a multifaceted artist known most widely, perhaps, for the wild energy of his “Banks on Fire” series over the last several years, is also a sensitive visual interpreter of many other subjects, especially nudes.
In his recent live nude painting session for Eric Minh Swenson’s NUDE Survey Two, Schafer conducted himself with aplomb, painting for several hours with different models, and maintaining his repartee with the models and the crowd of onlookers throughout the event.
Working rapidly, Schaefer’s production during the live session exuded a lively, spontaneous quality. His many other nudes hanging on the walls of the room were testament to his range of paint application, from smooth, luxurious surfaces to choppy, spontaneous waves of color. Visceral and thoughtful, Schaefer’s nudes are compelling studies that encompass contemplative vulnerability and sardonic cultural critique.