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Alex Gibbs Juxtaposes Childlike Style with Mature Subject Matter

By: Meghan Young - Published: • References: alex-gibbs and itsnicethat
Alex Gibbs, a graduate from the Edinburgh College of Art, creates not-so-innocent works of art with tools that were once considered incredibly innocent. Using gouache and pencil crayons, his work has a childlike feel that belies the mature subject matter at hand. Nevertheless, though he focuses on the sinister side of the human condition through such events as plain crashes, sexual exploitation and neurosis, Alex Gibbs' colorful illustrations are found endearing.

Born in Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom, Alex Gibbs' work revolves around descriptive titles such as "When I watch you I feel like a pervert, and I like it" and "I want to get as high in the trees as the birds do." The juxtaposition between the palatable, friendly medium and the seedy, disturbing topics hones in on the complexity of life.