Describing himself one of the most 'successful and happily unknown' artists in the world, Alex Echo has been creating art for almost four decades. Completely self-taught and without any formal training, he sees himself as the ultimate outsider.
History and Background
A keen philanthropist, Alex works tirelessly for various charities and institutions and almost $850,000 has been raised from the direct sale of his work.
This includes the sale of ten paintings at the prestigious Wallace Collection in London, which enabled the rebuilding of a school destroyed by an earthquake in southern China. He also created the 'Imagine Love' watch, which at 153,000 units sold is one of SWATCH's most successful artist watches. All of the royalties from this project were donated to paediatric AIDS causes in New York State, resulting in over 80 children afflicted with AIDS being sent to a summer camp with full healthcare.
Between 2013 and 2014, Alex painted a bespoke guitar at the request of Eric Clapton. This was played by Eric and then sold at auction, where it raised £20,000 for the songwriter's Antigua rehab facility, Cross Roads.
Alex has built a successful client base across the world, including: China, Singapore, India, Europe, the UK and America.
Ideas and Inspirations
Combining his deep knowledge of art history with references to pop culture and iconography, Alex's creations are inventive, informative and accessible.
He lives by the simple mottos put forward by two of his favourite artists.
The first is Andy Warhol’s famous quote: “Art is a 9 to 5 job."
The second is from Chuck Close: “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself.”