Alex Seton is a Sydney based artist who graduated from the College of Fine Arts, UNSW in 1998. He has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions over the years, including Variable Truth (4A Gallery, 2012), Look Closely Now (Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, 2012), Arc Biennale (Queensland College of Art, 2007) and the Woolahra Small Sculpture Prize, which he won in 2009. In 2012 Seton undertook the prestigious Art Omi International Artist Residency in upstate New York. He has participated in international sculpture symposiums in Italy, Spain and China (such as the Hanyu International Sculpture Cup 2007). Some of his solo exhibitions include the Elegy on Resistance (Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, 2012) as part of the 2012 Hong Kong Art Fair, Flags (Lismore Regional Gallery, 2011), On Hold (Jan Murphy Art, Melbourne Art Fair, 2008) and Panoply (Chalk Horse, 2007).
Seton is an artist who explores contemporary notions of nationhood, security and our transition from the analogue to the digital world through sculpture, installation and photography. Within the framework of marble carving, Seton interrogates and displaces our expectations through overturning historical and cultural constructs, challenging our optical perception and subverting the tradition of the material. One of Seton's central concerns is the nature of monument and the way in which we consecrate objects, people and moments in time. By memoralizing everyday objects such as inflatable toys, beds, hooded jumpers and flags in stone, Seton questions the reverence of both material and subject.
Seton's work is held in numerous public and private collections both in Australia and internationally including the Art Gallery of New South Wales Society, Sydney; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; ArtBank; Australian War Memorial, Canberra; Danish Royal Art Collection, Denmark; Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle; Patrick Corrigan Collection, Sydney and University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane.