Alex Spinney's current work reflects upon the idealization and historicization inherent of the genre of portraiture, by depicting large scale representations of birds in oils, using thin glazes to build up the surface. In her most recent work, she is letting the forms dissolve into series of patterns and color relationships. She is fascinated by the representation and calculation of beauty and grandeur, and frequently adorns her portraits with reproductive glands which are highly attractive within the bird species. As birds use their plumage to assert social dominance, genetic condition, and for ritualized courtship displays, she think of the various sets of feathers as a form of costume.
Alex Spinney is originally from the Washington D.C. area. She has attended the Edinburgh College of Art (Edinburgh, Scotland), Savannah College of Art and Design (Bachelors of Fine Arts: Painting), SCAD: Lacoste (Provence, France), School of Visual Arts, State University of New York at New Paltz (Masters of Fine Arts: Painting), and The Vermont Studio Center. She currently has a studio practice in Philadelphia, PA.