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Urban Sprawl: The Painting Portfolio of Alex Selkowitz

A painting of two lawn chairs in an empty yardAfternoon Conversation, oil on canvas

Alex Selkowitz is an oil painter based in Los Angeles. Alex’s paintings address themes and imagery of urban sprawl and suburban living, taking furniture, detached homes, streets, and first-world detritus as motifs.

A painting of two chairs casting shadows on a blue wallA Distance Between, oil on canvas


I’m fascinated by the way that Alex’s paintings capture an atmosphere that’s distinctly “Los Angeles,” while still evading any real regional categorization. The artist’s paintings of lawn furniture, abandoned shopping carts, and rays of sun casting shadows on stucco exteriors are familiar in a vague, dreamlike sense, where one gets the sense that they’ve been in the very house or backyard that’s pictured.

The front page of Alex Selkowitz' art websiteAlex's art portfolio website,


Though Alex’s paintings are mostly devoid of human figures, they remind me in a way of the paintings of Andrew Valko. Both artists seem to explore an atmosphere of isolation, and the unique type of loneliness that comes from being alone in a densely populated urban centre.

A painting of a shaded exterior of a suburban homeGolden Hour, oil on canvas

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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