Alex Seton (b. 1977) is a multidisciplinary artist working in sculpture, photography, video and installation, best known for his use of marble carving. He maintains an interest in materiality and the performative object, inviting interplay and exchange between objects, bodies, and ideas.
Across diverse mediums, Seton explores the complex role that objects and their modes of production play in our lives – at once comic and tragic, pervasive and rarified, endlessly reproduced and immensely singular. Recent work has used this lens to engage directly with contemporary political issues, such as Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers, and questions of conflict and nationhood.
In 2017, his work Refuge was included in the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (India) following exhibition in The Journey at Galerie Paris Beijing (2016). He has had numerous solo exhibitions, including The Island, Newcastle Art Gallery (2017); Last Resort, McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery and Linden Centre for Contemporary Art (2014); As of Today, Australian War Memorial (2014-15); Replicator, Tweed Regional Gallery (2014); and Roughing Out, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery (2013).
In 2015, Seton was awarded a Grand Jury prize at the Fondation François Schneider ‘Contemporary Talents’ competition. He was the Inaugural Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence, Margaret Olley Art Centre, Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah, in 2014; and in 2012 participated in the prestigious Art OMI residency program in New York.
Selected group shows include the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India (2016); the 2014 Adelaide Biennial: Dark Heart at the Art Gallery of South Australia; Sealed Section at Artbank (2015); What Marcel Duchamp Taught Me at The Fine Art Society, London, UK (2014); and Subject to Ruin at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (2014).
His work is held in collections including the National Gallery of Australia; Artbank; Art Gallery of South Australia; Australian War Memorial; Newcastle Art Gallery; Bendigo Art Gallery; the Danish Royal Art Collection, Copenhagen; HBO Collection, New York; and numerous other private and public collections.
Seton is represented by Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney and Singapore.