Alex McLeod is a new media artist whose work centres on the material transition between matter and simulation. Recognized as one of the earliest influencers in new media and post-internet art, he is internationally renowned for his CGI landscapes, which recall the wide-open vistas of romantic landscape painting and strange otherworldly dystopias. Works, such as Coral Garden at this year’s Art Gems, feature a unique formal marriage between innovative digital technologies and a distinctly ethereal underwater world.
Metrolinx recently commissioned McLeod to create the largest digitally printed image in the world – a work that will run the 1.4-kilometre length of a new raised guideway in Toronto. His art can be found in the collections of New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Royal Bank of Canada, TD Bank, and BMO Financial Group. A 35-foot digital mural is currently on display at the Drake Commissary. McLeod has exhibited throughout Canada and the US, and abroad in the UK, Spain, New Zealand, Brazil, and Japan. He is represented in Toronto by Patel Division Projects.