“My work has always been about painting. I built out from the surface of my first paintings because the forms needed to come out into space. Some early paintings were free standing 3-dimensional forms. Some of the forms I have built and painted include: chairs, lamps, curtains, dresses as well as dimensional abstract paintings that hang on the wall. I create/build difficult and challenging surfaces to paint. I believe these surfaces in conjunction with the inherent textures wood, fabric, ceramics lead to a richer, complex experience.”
Alan Neider was born in Norfolk, VA. He was highly influenced by his grandparents.
He received an MFA in Sculpture from Washington University in St. Louis. While in graduate school, he received aRobert Rauschenberg Work Grant.
His art has from the beginning been about creating difficult and challenging surfaces and forms to paint on and into.
His current work involves quilted blankets, fabric and paint. These paintings are free hanging with paint being handled in an expressive and gestural manner.