Alex Karaconji

Alex Karaconji was born in Sydney, 1989. He completed his Masters of Fine Arts in 2016 at the National Art School. In 2014, he received the Jocelyn Maughan Sketchbook Prize and the Parkers Sydney Fine Art Drawing Award, and was a finalist in 2013 in the John Olsen Drawing Prize. Most recently he was a finalist in the 2019 Dobell Drawing Prize.

Since 2015, Alex has been working on an animation trilogy that encompasses a single day in the artist's life. The first animation in this trilogy is Morning (2018). The second animation is The Flaneur (2016). And the final animation is Night Works (2019). As a trilogy, these animations portray what Charles Baudelaire once described as the 'epic side of actual life’.

Closely observing painters such as Avigdor Arikha, Lois Dodd and Stanley Lewis, Alex has accumulated a growing collection of alla prima paintings that zoom in on unassuming domestic objects and seemingly insignificant domestic experiences. Like the narrator in Xavier de Maistre’s travelogue, A Journey Around My Room, Alex has approached his domestic environment like a housebound flaneur: someone with an excess of spare time and an overabundance of enthusiasm for the minutiae of his or her surroundings.