Monday, March 5, 2012


Welcome to my blog. I'm Alex Rogolsky, a painter living in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington, D.C.. I am seeking a gallery or agent to represent my work, some of which is pictured here.

I have little experience with marketing or selling art, and this experience is limited to the selling of hand-painted First Day Covers (illustrated, stamped envelopes sold to stamp collectors), which I've produced since 1987, as well as a few ceramic pieces. Hopefully, this blog will facilitate contact between myself and a compatible gallery or agent.

All of my paintings are watercolors, and most are either 11"x17" or 14"x17" in size. They are published in reverse-chronological order, and more will be added in the future. Most of the paintings are quite intricate, and the scans do not adequately convey their detail. Should you wish to see a larger image of a painting, simply click on it, and in approximately 3-5 seconds, an enlarged version will appear. To close the enlarged image page and return to the blog, click on the "X" at the top right corner of the page.

I have not titled the paintings (although I have given them completion date indicators), as I believe that this would usurp the function of interpreting the finished work, which I consider the prerogative of those who view it.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or proposals.

My e-mail address is :

(c) All images Copyright 2011 by Alex Rogolsky

Artist's Statement

I utilize systems of rules in my paintings, as I view graphic works of art as systematic documentations of the context of their creation, mediated by the essential incorporation of the artist's perspective (which is a manifestation of the context of his or her existence). In a sense, all works of art (and all artists, for that matter) follow predetermined systems of rules. Each of us exists at the intersection of genetic and experiential variables, including our mental reflection upon them. My method merely recognizes and attempts to focus upon this circumstance.

A painting manifests the overall general context of its creation and being, comprising all of the factors affecting its creator, initial process of creation, audience, and circumstances of its later existence. It is a systematic documentation in that it represents a combination of rules determined by its creator, modified by circumstances impinging upon the process of its creation, and finally influenced by the interpretive dynamics of its audience and the physical conditions relating to its preservation, which largely determine the quality and longevity of its survival as a documentary image.

Hence, each individual perception of the image constitutes a momentary intersection of all of these contextual variables. Rules mandated by the creator-artist for composing his systematic documentation may range from simple and straightforward (such as: “all straight lines in this painting will be vertical and red”), to complex and oblique (i.e.:“I wish to incorporate irony by using bright pastel shades to represent my feeling of melancholic angst”). However, consistency of expression is best preserved through a clearly planned amalgamation of simple rules, rather than attempting to incorporate the more complex image constructs of the social persona, which, in any case, represent ambiguous, unchosen, and preordained combinations of simple rules.


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