Early in her life sculptor Alexa King discovered her passion for art. Influenced by her mother’s art and reinforced by her father’s skill in design and construction of private and commercial buildings, she was made familiar with the creative process. Fondly remembering a Christmas gift of a wooden box of pastels she began in earnest her formal study at the Art Students League in Indianapolis. There Alexa found her lifelong métier in the arts.
When her family moved to Camp Atterbury in southern Indiana as a result of her father’s appointment as Post Commander, she connected immediately and fundamentally connected with the vast panorama of the natural world around her. Alexa developed her keen observation of nature as well as a love for the horse as both theme and impact on her life. Later as a studio major at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, she discovered the power of three dimensional forms in a life modeling class. Alexa immediately took her discovery of expression in clay to the classic medium of bronze.
Alexa’s sculptures are in the collection of America’s most prominent families and institutions. Additionally, pieces have been selected for the prestigious Leigh Yawkey Woodsen Birds in Art exhibition. The Thoroughbred Mare and Foal was auctioned at Sotheby’s Important Sporting Art. Recently two of her works have been successfully auctioned at Christies’ in London. Corporate commissions include her selection by the Ford Motor Company’s Presidential Awards as well as CD case designs for Aerosmith and Warren Zevon. She has done awards and trophies for the Arena Football League, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, and the USEF Horse of the Year Award trophy. Public sculpture by Alexa King include a life-size infantryman at the entrance to Camp Atterbury, a signature piece depicting a life-size figure and tableau for the University of Wisconsin’s School of Veterinary Medicine, along with the 1/2 life-size portrait bronze of Saluter installed at the Virginia Gold Cup, Plains, VA.
During the past twenty-eight years in the medium, Alexa has broadened the scope, scale, and expression of her bronze sculpture by such sculptures as Red October, Kalahari, and Leap of Faith. A major project depicting foxhounds was commissioned by the Masters of Foxhounds Association. Alexa created a life-size hound at a full run, with just one foot touching the ground. Not only capturing the essence of a hound on scent but also pushing the envelope in the medium of bronze.
Most recently Alexa was selected by a field of 100 artists to create the 1.25 life-size bronze memorial depicting the Thoroughbred race horse Barbaro winning the Kentucky Derby. Alexa continues to create much loved and cherished sculptures whether it’s her personal favorite or one of the most celebrated horses of our times. Alexa’s work has been represented since 1994 by Cross Gate Gallery, Lexington, Kentucky, the premiere sporting art gallery in America.