Christopher Alexander was a figurative artist of the highest calibre and certainly among the very best of his generation.
From a humble background in Margate, Kent, and with an education disrupted by the Second World War, he worked relentlessly on his drawing skills and eventually won a place at the Royal College of Art.
When he graduated he accepted a teaching job at Thanet School of Art and later he moved to Canterbury College of Art, where his particular specialism was figure drawing. An inspirational, amusing and dedicated teacher, he nonetheless found time to produce a phenomenal number of drawings and oil paintings.
He had no time or inclination for networking, and did not exhibit his work very frequently, and so the large body of work that he left behind when he died suddenly in 1982 has not been seen or admired to the degree it certainly should have been.
Now his sons have collaborated with Halsgrove to produce a stylish book that offers examples of his superb drawings and paintings, together with insights into his festive and energetic personality.
The book includes a wide range of different techniques that he explored and mastered in order to represent the human figure, character in portraiture, and the play of light in both townscape and landscape.
Any exhibition of his drawings and paintings constitutes a rare feast for admirers and collectors of top-quality, modern British figurative art.