Alexis Teplin

School: School of Art and Architecture
Position: Senior Lecturer


I received my BA from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and my Masters from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. While on these two courses I studied for a year at the Accademia di Belle Arti, Bologna and spent a term at Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts, Paris. I came to London in 2002 as the Royal Academy Schools' Starr Scholar.

I am engaged in what is frequently described as an expanded painting practice. It is a practice that fundamentally begins within the history of two-dimensional painting and expands to include performance, video and sculpture. Using both historical and cultural reference points, my work creates a language that abstracts itself while simultaneously relating to specific movements in art history and their social context.

My work has been exhibited internationally, including in the 20th Sydney Biennale, the Migros Museum, Zurich, the Hayward Gallery and the Serpentine Gallery in London, Mary Mary and Tramway for Glasgow International, Glasgow.

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Research expertise

For the 20th Biennale of Sydney, I was commissioned to present a new work titled, Arch (The Politics of Fragmentation) in the 'Embassy of the Real' section of the Biennale. This piece was constructed in direct response to the architecture of Cockatoo Island and included four large-scale free standing paintings, three costumes and a performance work.

The performance work was written in response to historical political theatre (Jana Natya Manch and Commedia dell'Arte) and discussed the relationships between language, gesture and social archetypes. It used text from literature, media and cinema alongside my own writing. Arch proposes a fictional reality; one influenced by the fragmentation of language in the digital age and asked, "when decadence fails us in our quest for utopia, where do we end up?"

The exhibition sss T !! at the Hayward Gallery in London expressed my continuous interest in the tradition of abstract painting as it relates to sound and literature. This body of work brought together research based on Oscar Wilde, Aubrey Beardsley and Strauss's Salome as a representation of cultural decadence as preemptive to social change. sss T !! was conceived to link to the South Bank festival based on Alex Ross's book 'The Rest is Noise' to speak about the beginning of a modernist shift in music theory in relation to painting.

Teaching areas & responsibilities

BA Fine Art, Module Leader, L5 Professional Skills and Exhibition

Research groups & programmes

Research supervision

View of sss', oil on linen and metis with Aubrey Beardsley prints and half-hidden, appliquéd letters 'sss' (2012)
'The Party', Live Performance, Serpentine Pavilion, 25 September 2009