My work can be described in many different categories but I would simply define it as contemporary portraiture. An added uncharacteristic element or found object can also be seen throughout my work such as the “paintbrush girl” series where I take classic wooden brushes and apply them onto the canvas or wood panel. This series of 3d painting was adapted after seeing an old truck that someone had painted to blend in with the wall behind it in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. I like to incorporate these objects into my work to represent the obstacles we have to overcome in life. You have to either paint over it like it was never there or embrace it.
I like my work to create speculation and not just visual appeal. I want to entice the viewer to make new personal associations. I think that is what art is All about, your own associations. I don’t have the answers after all I’m just the creator.
Alex Achaval is a self-taught contemporary portrait painter/mixed media artist born in Spokane, WA and grew up in Ellensburg, WA. He has participated in more than 30 group or solo exhibitions in Seattle, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Australia. Most notably 19 Karen art space, Gabba Gallery, Art fusion, BG gallery and recently The LA art show. He is currently living and working in Seattle, WA where you can find him painting in his gallery/open studio “Artificial Gallery” at Pike Place Market.