Alexandra Roddan (b.1994) is an artist based in Oxford who graduated from The University of Edinburgh with a BA Painting Honors Degree in 2017 and then went on to study at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy for three years. She has exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy, most notably at the New Contemporaries Exhibition, and has work in their permanent collection. Alexandra’s work has also been shown at the Academy’s Annual exhibition multiple times. In 2018 she was awarded the John Kinross Scholarship to study in Florence.
Alexandra’s cityscapes are paintings that transport you to a space. They allow you to experience different cities in a multi-faceted way. The shapes, textures, colour and geometry of the buildings, sky, water, people and vehicles create static and fluid images. Colour is key to encapsulating the energy, emotion and vibration of a place. The paintings are of densely layered forms, popping up and below one another.
Alexandra’s painting process starts with drawings inspired by her own photographs and sketchbooks of images and notes. Key words, sounds and music relevant to that space inspire her work. The layering of images and mediums acts like a 3D Jigsaw puzzle that captures the impression of a place in more than one moment in time. The combination creates the structure, the mood, the whole human interaction of city life that you cannot find in a single photo frame.