Alex Dewars | All watched over by Machines of Loving Grace

Alex Dewars | All watched over by Machines of Loving Grace


Alex Dewars

Title: All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace

Medium: Oil on canvas

Size: 106 x 76 cm

Year: 2017

Notes and Disclaimers:

The price for this artwork does not include shipping. The artwork is currently on exhibition at 33 Contemporary Gallery in Chicago. The gallery’s director Sergio Gomez will reach out once the payment is received and advise the shipping cost. Arrangements may also be made to have the artwork physically picked up from the gallery once the exhibition expires.

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“The Deer are not what they seem”

My most recent works started out as a backlash to the purchase of the work “Monarch of the Glen”
For those not familiar with the Sir Edwin Landseer piece. The painting “encapsulates the grandeur and majesty of Scotland’s highlands and wildlife”.  Created post Clearances and at the birth of the United Kingdom Landseer, an English Painter, had this painting hung in the Houses of Parliament as an advert for newly available land in Scotland. A holiday home for Lords and Lairds, with vast hunting possibilities.
The painting was later sold to an American drinks firm to promote “Scotch” to world under the same pretences., and so a Stereotype was born. In 2016 the UK government started the process to buy back the painting at a cost of £4 million, stating that the work was part of Scottish heritage.

From there I became intrigued about how patriotic and national stereotypes can have influence over our lives. The lead painting “All Watched over by Machines of Loving Grace” is named after the poem and Adam Curtis documentary of the same name. The poem, written by hopelessly optimistic technophiles in the 1960’s, tells of a future world where computers and technology run the world free of human input. But rather than rule over us like we are led to fear, they free us from the daily rat race and return the human race to live at one in an Arcadian like nature.

I like to use nostalgia and national stereotypes to create a ethereal snapshot of confusion, a land of characters who may or may be real or even aware of their surroundings.  A Paradise and prison of their own making.