Hi Alex, so how long have you been at Wimbledon Art Studios?

A long time... I'm coming up to my seventh year here.

And how would you describe your art and influences?

I work across a few disciplines with oil paint. Generally speaking, I'm interested in my home town of London and the movement of people. I am known for figurative and textural realism, trompe l'oeil illusions and a glowing red hue which appears in much of my work.

Where can we see your work?

My work can be seen at Waterhouse and Dodd gallery in Mayfair and New York, and of course at the Wimbledon Open Studios in May.

We hear you’re involved in an exciting project this year…

Yes! I'm beginning work on a project in collaboration with the Rural Refugee Network charity, which will address the mass migration of Syrian refugees into Europe and the UK and the challenges of finding safety. It’s a really amazing charity and I’m thrilled to be involved.

What are you most notable exhibitions: 

I've been involved in some great exhibitions, probably most notably:
- John Moores Painting Prize, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 2016 - featured artist
- Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, Mall Galleries, London 2016 - featured artist
- BP portrait award, National Portrait Gallery 2005 - featured artist

Any celebrity or well-known gallery buyers?

The actress Stephanie Cole bought a piece in 2006!

And finally, what should we expect to see at the Open Studios?

I'm not sure what I'll be showing at the Open Studios, I'm exploring several strands of work right now, so watch this space.

To find out more about Alex's work, visit his website at alexrennie.co.uk