(May 10, 2022 – HOUSTON, TX) Nancy Littlejohn Fine Art (NLFA) is pleased to announce its first Viewing Room exhibition with artist Alexis Rockman. Rockman’s exhibition, Field Drawings, opens in the Viewing Room at NLFA on May 13, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. and will be on view through July 2, 2022. “I am honored to continue to carry out NLFA’s mission by bringing Alexis’s groundbreaking work to Houston”, says NLFA Founder and Owner Nancy Littlejohn.
Alexis Rockman is a contemporary American painter known for his fantastical paintings of dystopian natural environments. Rockman tackles ecological issues—such as climate change and species extinction—through his large-scale artworks. Part-artist, part-activist, he confronts pressing social issues head on through carefully rendered paintings of animals and their rapidly changing environments. “I come from a tradition of activism,” he has explained, noting his belief in “the idea that art can make a difference in terms of political change.” Rockman was a student at the Art Student’s League and the Rhode Island School of Design before earning a BFA at the School of Visual Arts in 1985. His mid-career retrospective was on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 2010.
Rockman’s NLFA exhibition, Field Drawings, is comprised of works from his groundbreaking project The Great Lakes Cycle (2015-17). The Great Lakes Cycle features field drawings that emphasize Rockman’s observational and expressive talent, conveying both accurate physical description and vitality. Rockman sees this practice as the antithesis to his paintings.
Rockman’s work is represented in many museum collections, including the Baltimore Museum of Art; Brooklyn Museum; Grand Rapids Art Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; New Orleans Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Smithsonian American Art Museum; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; and Whitney Museum of American Art.
Born in 1962, the adopted son of an Australian jazz musician and American urban archeologist, Rockman was raised in New York City. In 2020, Rockman moved from New York to Connecticut, where he currently lives and works.