Alex Sheriff

Alex Sheriff was born in 1988 and began drawing dinosaurs shortly after. He was not able to shake the habit and is now an artist based in Toronto. Generous with colour, Alex’s work can allude to elaborate storybook illustration, 1960’s psychedelic posters, or Kindergarten fridge art.

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About Alex Sheriff

Artist Statement:

Whether it is visual art, story-telling or even just play, there is an overwhelming honesty in the bold, simple way that children think. In the relationship I’ve developed with my youngest brother, I have come to see that there is wisdom in his naivety and his strange, yet sensible visual language.

Through a series of collages, I am creating a space that represents the shared experiences between my brother and I. This space is fused with imagery and narratives from my own childhood. A conversation between us takes place as I borrow elements from his drawings and adopt his narrative styles. In doing this, a hybrid space emerges.

A variety of painted canvas cutouts, peeled acrylic and paint applied directly on paper create a growing, imaginative environment that is part Kindergarten fridge art, part storybook illustration and part sibling inside joke.

Alex Sheriff was born in 1988 and began drawing dinosaurs shortly after. He was not able to shake the habit and is now an artist based in Toronto. After attending OCAD University, Alex continued to work with themes of jungles, tribes, prehistoric times, outer space and any of the other locales his six-year-old mind would have wandered. Generous with colour, Alex’s work can allude to elaborate storybook illustration, 1960’s psychedelic posters, or Kindergarten fridge art. There is a strong sense of narrative that is always present as he aims to create works that are catalysts for a billion stories.