About Lex Hade
My work is a distilled version of my wholesome American childhood. I take comfort in recalling the essential feelings my upbringing gives, rather than the detail of singular occurrences. Warm emotion is attached to treasures reminiscent of my nostalgic home. The process of archiving my life through carefully selected objects is a personal homage to beauty - an all-embracing solace I hope to share. Seeking identifiable heirlooms is an enactment of care. Resplendent on its pedestal, my subconscious reacts to each individual in a disconcerting state of melancholia. My stylistic approach imbues my personal investment to my craft. As a painter I demand articulate splendor but as an observer I search for awe. The viewer may relish in a longing detachment since given an eye level perspective, a stance that is unbiased and in its most vulnerable state. Interaction of subject and shadow is a means to repeat the sentiment both physically and psychologically. This welcomes a seemingly endless visual journey that renews the utopic state of adolescence. With the willful solitude of an only child, it was simple for me to relate to precious materials rather than beings. However, it is my intent to paint for people and not the object, trusting the relationship will strengthen. I search for a resolution from the collective past with a wish opposing upbringings will dissolve. These paintings nurture a meeting ground for memories to reconcile the past with the present and future.