Alex C. Alampi, Jr.
Artist, Teacher, Inspiration to others . . .
Alex Alampi believed his calling was to record and preserve the everyday activities that make South Jersey a unique and intriguing place. His inspiration were those who make their living from the land and water. Alex was a watercolor master. He used a combination of beautiful transparent washes with clean color, strong composition, and crisp detail to create realistic and captivating paintings. Some of his most popular pieces include Dodge's Market (located in Elmer, NJ), Crossing the Herd (located in Aldine, NJ), Anticipation (featuring Paul M. Varnold, D.V.M.), and Snapper Trapper (located in Mannington Meadows). Alex called these his Signature Collection and they exemplify the work he was most proud of.
A lifelong resident of South Jersey and an award-winning artist, Alex spent his time preserving the often unnoticed heritage that surrounds us every day. With a remarkable eye for detail, Alex searched for fascinating people and landscapes, but he didn't just sit back and observe scenes from a distance. When working on a piece for his "Signature Series Collection", paintings that depict ordinary people in their every day work environments, Alex spent the day studying the workers and snapping photographs of the day's events. Whether it is a crabber, a farmer, or a veterinarian, Alex captured every detail of the day's work, and he refused to take any posed photographs. He wanted the final piece to represent the authenticity of the job, the people, and the surroundings. Using the reference photographs, Alex created realistic watercolor paintings that accurately portray the clothing, the tools, and the setting of each job. The people in the paintings are easily recognizable, and the minute details preserve a moment in time that will be remembered for generations.
While Alex felt a spiritual connection to his subjects and paints out of pure passion, he hoped to bring light to the people and areas in South Jersey that often go unnoticed. He wanted to give the public a glimpse at the beauty and history that resides in the meadows, creeks and fields they pass by everyday.
In addition to painting, Alex taught a monthly art class at his beautiful studio located in Salem County. Surrounded by lush fields and charming wildlife, Alampi Art Studio was the perfect setting for artwork that depicts and preserves the rural heritage in South Jersey.
Alex's artwork can be purchased by appointment at his home, 157 Harrisonville Lake Road, Pilesgrove, NJ 08098, 609-315-1197.