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watercolor of a bat flying at night with the moon and a mountain in the background and a boat and tower in the foreground

Hong Kong, 2020

Born in 1962 in New York, where he lives and works, Alexis Rockman has depicted a darkly surreal vision of the collision between civilization and nature – often apocalyptic scenarios on a monumental scale – for over three decades. Notable solo museum exhibitions include “Alexis Rockman: Manifest Destiny” at the Brooklyn Museum (2004), which traveled to several institutions including the Wexner Center for the Arts (2004) and the Rhode Island School of Design (2005). In 2010, the Smithsonian American Art Museum organized “Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow,” a major touring survey of his paintings and works on paper. Concurrent with Rockman’s 2013 exhibition at Sperone Westwater, the Drawing Center mounted “Drawings from Life of Pi,” featuring the artist’s collaboration with Ang Lee on the award-winning film Life of Pi. His series of 76 New Mexico Field Drawings was included in “Future Shock” at SITE Santa Fe (2017-18). “Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle,” a major exhibition of large-scale paintings, watercolors and field drawings, toured the Midwest in 2018-20, opening at the Grand Rapids Art Museum and traveling to five institutions in the Great Lakes region. In February 2021, “Alexis Rockman: Shipwrecks,”  an exhibition of the artist’s watercolors, opened at the Peabody Essex Museum. In June 2021 it travels to Guild Hall. Rockman’s work is represented in many museum collections, including the Baltimore Museum of Art; Brooklyn Museum; Grand Rapids Art Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; New Orleans Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Smithsonian American Art Museum; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; and Whitney Museum of American Art. Rockman’s first solo exhibition with Sperone Westwater, “Evolution,” was presented in 1992. He has had subsequent solo exhibitions at the gallery in 2013, 2018 and 2020.

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Alexis Rockman

Eustacy, 2021

oil and wax on wood

48 x 40 inches (121,9 x 101,6 cm)

SW 21071

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Alexis Rockman

Terminal Moraine, 2021

oil and wax on wood

48 x 40 inches (121,9 x 101,6 cm)

SW 21070

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underwater coral reef with paintings and sculptures lost in a shipwreck

Alexis Rockman
Lost Art, 2020
oil on wood
40 x 28 inches (101,6 x 121,9 cm)
SW 21010

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a kraken's tentacles and a whale tail emerge from a turbulent sea and birds fly overhead as a viking ship approaches

Alexis Rockman
Maelstrom, 2019
oil on wood
68 x 108 inches (172,7 x 274,3 cm)
SW 20069

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Alexis Rockman
Junk, 2019
watercolor, ink, and acrylic on paper
18 x 24 inches (45,7 x 60,9 cm)
20 1/8 x 25 7/8 inches (51 x 65,7 cm) frame
SW 19337

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Alexis Rockman
Tree of Extinction, 2018
watercolor, ink and acrylic on paper
24 x 18 1/4 inches (61 x 45,7 cm)
SW 18104

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Alexis Rockman
Trillium, 2017
watercolor, ink and acrylic on paper
74 x 52 inches (188 x 132 cm)
SW 17349

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Alexis Rockman
Chimera, 2017
watercolor, ink and acrylic on paper
73 3/8 x 52 inches (186 x 132 cm)
SW 17350

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underwater view of sturgeon and other fish, a shipwreck, a mammoth skull, and small organisms that are entering the water from an anchored tanker

Alexis Rockman
Pioneers, 2017
oil and alkyd on wood
72 x 144 inches (182,9 x 365,8 cm)
SW 17345

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suite of 76 framed field drawings hanging on a gallery wall

Alexis Rockman
New Mexico Field Drawings, 2017
organic material and acrylic polymer on paper
76 drawings; dimensions variable
SW 17344

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Alexis Rockman
Natural History of New York City (Walrus), 2016
sand and acrylic polymer on paper
18 x 24 inches (45,7 x 61 cm)
20 x 26 inches (50,8 x 66 cm) frame
SW 18083

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Alexis Rockman
Hoarfrost, 2014
oil and alkyd on wood
44 x 56 x 2 inches (111,7 x 139,7 x 5 cm)
SW 14038

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Alexis Rockman
Bronx Zoo, 2012-2013
oil on wood; triptych
84 x 168 inches (213,4 x 427 cm) overall
84 x 56 x 2 inches( 213,4 x 142,2 x 5,1 cm) each panel
SW 13162

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Alexis Rockman
Gowanus, 2013
oil on wood
72 x 90 inches (183 x 229 cm)
SW 13286

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colorful watercolor of bees and wasps flying around a pink cherry blossom

Alexis Rockman
Untitled (Cherry Blossoms), 2013
watercolor, ink and gouache on paper
72 1/2 x 52 inches (184,2 x 132,1 cm)
75 7/8 x 55 1/8 x 2 1/4 inches (193 x 140 x 6 cm) frame
SW 13288

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colorful watercolor of monarch butterflies flying around a tall tree in the forest

Alexis Rockman
Untitled (Monarchs), 2013
watercolor and gouache on paper
72 1/2 x 52 inches (184,2 x 132,1 cm)
75 7/8 x 55 1/8 x 2 1/4 inches (193 x 140 x 6 cm) frame
SW 13321

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colorful watercolor of various species of jellyfish swimming around a pipe leaking black liquid into the sea

Alexis Rockman
Untitled (Jellyfish), 2013
watercolor, ink and gouache on paper
72 1/2 x 52 inches (184,2 x 132,1 cm)
75 7/8 x 55 3/8 x 2 1/4 inches (193 x 141 x 6 cm) frame
SW 13287
Private Collection

Alexis Rockman
Flotsam, 2013
oil and alkyd on wood
30 inches (76,2 cm) diameter
SW 13328

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Alexis Rockman
Untitled (Effluent), 2013
watercolor on paper
24 x 18 1/8 inches (61 x 46 cm)
SW 13316

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Alexis Rockman
Untitled, 2013
watercolor on paper
24 x 18 inches (61x 46 cm)
25 7/8 x 20 x 1 9/16 (65,7 x 51 x 4 cm) frame
SW 13212

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Alexis Rockman

Eustacy, 2021

oil and wax on wood

48 x 40 inches (121,9 x 101,6 cm)

SW 21071

Alexis Rockman

Terminal Moraine, 2021

oil and wax on wood

48 x 40 inches (121,9 x 101,6 cm)

SW 21070

underwater coral reef with paintings and sculptures lost in a shipwreck

Alexis Rockman
Lost Art, 2020
oil on wood
40 x 28 inches (101,6 x 121,9 cm)
SW 21010

a kraken's tentacles and a whale tail emerge from a turbulent sea and birds fly overhead as a viking ship approaches

Alexis Rockman
Maelstrom, 2019
oil on wood
68 x 108 inches (172,7 x 274,3 cm)
SW 20069

Alexis Rockman
Junk, 2019
watercolor, ink, and acrylic on paper
18 x 24 inches (45,7 x 60,9 cm)
20 1/8 x 25 7/8 inches (51 x 65,7 cm) frame
SW 19337

Alexis Rockman
Tree of Extinction, 2018
watercolor, ink and acrylic on paper
24 x 18 1/4 inches (61 x 45,7 cm)
SW 18104

Alexis Rockman
Trillium, 2017
watercolor, ink and acrylic on paper
74 x 52 inches (188 x 132 cm)
SW 17349

Alexis Rockman
Chimera, 2017
watercolor, ink and acrylic on paper
73 3/8 x 52 inches (186 x 132 cm)
SW 17350

underwater view of sturgeon and other fish, a shipwreck, a mammoth skull, and small organisms that are entering the water from an anchored tanker

Alexis Rockman
Pioneers, 2017
oil and alkyd on wood
72 x 144 inches (182,9 x 365,8 cm)
SW 17345

suite of 76 framed field drawings hanging on a gallery wall

Alexis Rockman
New Mexico Field Drawings, 2017
organic material and acrylic polymer on paper
76 drawings; dimensions variable
SW 17344

Alexis Rockman
Natural History of New York City (Walrus), 2016
sand and acrylic polymer on paper
18 x 24 inches (45,7 x 61 cm)
20 x 26 inches (50,8 x 66 cm) frame
SW 18083

Alexis Rockman
Hoarfrost, 2014
oil and alkyd on wood
44 x 56 x 2 inches (111,7 x 139,7 x 5 cm)
SW 14038

Alexis Rockman
Bronx Zoo, 2012-2013
oil on wood; triptych
84 x 168 inches (213,4 x 427 cm) overall
84 x 56 x 2 inches( 213,4 x 142,2 x 5,1 cm) each panel
SW 13162

Alexis Rockman
Gowanus, 2013
oil on wood
72 x 90 inches (183 x 229 cm)
SW 13286

colorful watercolor of bees and wasps flying around a pink cherry blossom

Alexis Rockman
Untitled (Cherry Blossoms), 2013
watercolor, ink and gouache on paper
72 1/2 x 52 inches (184,2 x 132,1 cm)
75 7/8 x 55 1/8 x 2 1/4 inches (193 x 140 x 6 cm) frame
SW 13288

colorful watercolor of monarch butterflies flying around a tall tree in the forest

Alexis Rockman
Untitled (Monarchs), 2013
watercolor and gouache on paper
72 1/2 x 52 inches (184,2 x 132,1 cm)
75 7/8 x 55 1/8 x 2 1/4 inches (193 x 140 x 6 cm) frame
SW 13321

colorful watercolor of various species of jellyfish swimming around a pipe leaking black liquid into the sea

Alexis Rockman
Untitled (Jellyfish), 2013
watercolor, ink and gouache on paper
72 1/2 x 52 inches (184,2 x 132,1 cm)
75 7/8 x 55 3/8 x 2 1/4 inches (193 x 141 x 6 cm) frame
SW 13287
Private Collection

Alexis Rockman
Flotsam, 2013
oil and alkyd on wood
30 inches (76,2 cm) diameter
SW 13328

Alexis Rockman
Untitled (Effluent), 2013
watercolor on paper
24 x 18 1/8 inches (61 x 46 cm)
SW 13316

Alexis Rockman
Untitled, 2013
watercolor on paper
24 x 18 inches (61x 46 cm)
25 7/8 x 20 x 1 9/16 (65,7 x 51 x 4 cm) frame
SW 13212