Born in Manhattan in 1975, this New York City native was surrounded and nurtured by art and artists before he was old enough to speak. The son of famed NYC fine artist Barbara Pearlman--the language of lines, the emotion of color and the sensitivity of shape have been a part of Alexander’s visual and verbal vocabulary since the day he was born. Like mother like son. Barbara and his father Charles Yulish consistently encouraged Alexander to see the world in a uniquely personal way, fostering a fierce individuality and sense of expression that are breathe in his art pieces today.
Alexander’s innate need to self-express exploded off the canvas and onto the screen when he moved to Los Angeles in 2000 to act. A shift in mediums but equally powerful portrayals, Alexander has worked with cinematic creative greats like Ash Cohen and David Lynch who have helped craft his 3 dimensional presence and delve deeper into the human psyche. An energy and depth of character that he takes with him back to the studio and transfers into bold and often disturbing portraits of humanity.
“To me art is about intimacy, when I paint I try to make an x-ray of what is inside, to melt away any excess. It is all about my moment, molding whatever real time emotion I am experiencing into art…”
It is Alexander’s commitment to peeling back the surface layers to capture the core of his subjects that translates into a visual intimacy and commands an undeniable attention. Come face to face with one of his paintings and try to take your eyes off it—the work will possess you. He displays torment with the simplest charcoal lines, depicts self-portraits that speak in a dialogue of raw drawn shapes, and visually communicates a often bi-polar battle between the movement of color and trails of a brush stroke.