2014 finalists / Alexander Costello (Winner!)

“A life of choice is a life of conscious action. A life of chance is a life of unconscious creation” said Neale Donald Walsh. Grant me a tinker and I propose “A sculpture of choice is a sculpture of conscious action. A sculpture of chance is a sculpture of unconscious creation. Throw in “Man’s task is to become conscious of the contents that press upward from the unconscious” (Carl Jung) and we loosely locate my current practice.  Costello fights paper. The bigger the paper the harder it is to get his arms all the way around. Therein lies the ambition.

Alexander Costello (b. London 1976) studied an MFA at The Slade School of Art, London, and a BA in Fine Art at Middlesex University, London.  He lives and works in London. 


Curriculum Vitae


2001 | MFA, Media, Slade School of Art, London
1999 | BA (Hons), Sculpture, Middlesex University, London

Solo Exhibitions

2013 | Gazebo (off-site project) Quare gallery, London
2010 | His and Her, Ledge Projects, London
2006 | Get It Right, IMT gallery, London
2005 | Men Like That Don’t Die, Goethe-Institute, Dublin
2004 | All You Need To Know Right Now, T1+2 Gallery, London
2004 | Lobby Box & Video Bar project for ‘The Last painting Show’ SI Swiss Institute, New York

Group Exhibitions

2014 | One Minute Vol. 7, Museum of Club Culture, Hull & De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea & Cofi Roc, Caenarfon
2013 | Art Angel Open 100, Art Angel archive
2013 | Jerwood Drawing Prize, Birmingham & The Arts University, Bournemouth
2013 | Bermondsey Project, London (Part 1),  Arbeit gallery (Part 2), London
2012 | Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London & Jerwood Gallery, Hastings
2012 | Cabane Cannibale II (Explosion), Hybrid, Bidart, France
2011 | Art in Romney Marsh, Folkstone
2010 | Field Broadcast, Wysing Contemporary Art Centre, Cambridge
2010 | HomeProject#3, Milan
2009 | 12 Labours in 7 Days for the Fantistic 4, Not Gallery, Napoli
2008 | 30’’30’, 5ème edition, Les Rencontres du Court, Bordeaux
2007 | Hors Cadres, Association POLLEN, Monflanquin, France
2007 | Austerlitz, Galleria Ciocca, Milan
2007 | Reports, The Explorers Club, New York
2006 | Arcade, Westbourne Studios, London
2006 | La Passion Triste, FRAC Aquitaine, France
2004 | Drivin, FRAC Aquitaine, France
2004 | Perseverance, Physics Room Contemporary Art, Christchurch NZ
2004 | The Block, Galerie Une, Neuchâtel
2003 | Wish You Were Here (as Bruce & Joan), Reinberger Galleries, Cleveland Institute of Art, Ohio, USA
2002 | Evidence, Essor Project Space, London
2002 | CLUBCLUBCLUB, Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers
2002 | No Sleep Til’ Hammersmith, Central Space, London
2001 | Looking With In/Out, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

Awards, Grants & Residencies

2004 | Physics Room Contemporary Art, Christchurch NZ
2003 | Cleveland Institute of Art, Ohio, USA
2001 | Pocock Award, Slade School of Art, London

Talks & Symposia

2013 | London Seizure Bermondsey Project, London & Arbeit gallery London;
2013 | White Whale, POLYply, Centre for Contemporary Collaboration, Royal Holloway University
2006 | Get it Right with Phyllida Barlow and Peter Suchin, IMT gallery
2004 | Physics Room Contemporary Art, Christchurch NZ
2003 | Wish You Were Here, Rienberger Galleries, Cleveland Institute of Art, Ohio, USA
1999 | Alexander Costello, Chelsea College of Art, London


One Minute, Volume 7
FRAC collection, Aquitaine, France
Ernst & Young Contemporary Art collection