Alexandra Tyng lives in Philadelphia and has spent summers in Maine since childhood. She began drawing and painting the Maine landscape as a teenager while staying at a nineteenth century rustic camp on one of Mount Desert Island’s lakes, and at her brother’s lighthouse home in Penobscot Bay. In the 1990s she began chartering planes so she could take reference photos of the glacially carved land formations of coastal Maine, which she uses as references to create large-scale paintings. She also paints panoramas from mountaintops, and closer, more intimate views of places. Every summer she spends several weeks painting outside on Mount Desert, Monhegan, Deer Isle, and various other locations. Seen as a whole, her work presents a hierarchy of viewpoints, worlds within worlds. Not only does Alex convey her personal connection to the places she paints, but also she examines the abstract interplay of land and water. Islands in the sea can be seen as the opposite of lakes surrounded by land—or as variations of the same figure-ground relationship.
Alex has had solo shows in Maine, New York and Philadelphia. She was selected as one of Maine’s outstanding artists by Maine Home+Design in 2008. Her Maine landscapes have been featured in The Art of Monhegan by Carl Little, and in art magazines including Fine Art Connoisseur and International Artist. Alex’s work is included in many public, corporate and private collections in the U.S. and abroad. Her figurative paintings and portraits have garnered awards from the Portrait Society of America, the Allied Artists of America, the Woodmere Art Museum, The Artist’s Magazine, and American Artist Magazine.
Primarily self-taught, Alex chose an academic education over art school, receiving a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania. She taught herself traditional oil painting techniques by examining the work of the old masters, reading about the methods and materials of other artists, and watching artists paint. She leads workshops in Maine and Philadelphia, and teaches portraiture in the Philadelphia area.