One of Alexander’s best known pieces for her “Portraits” exhibit featured a charismatic redhead named Olivia, who used to live in a Hoboken shelter from 2004 to 2006.

Visitors to the Hoboken Museum in 2012 might remember the work of Laura Alexander, who is best known for her large scale oil portraits like her 4 foot tall paintings in her “Mostly Rosemary” exhibit as well as her “Portraits” exhibit in 2005.

Alexander returned to the Hoboken Museum this past June with a new exhibit, “Reunion,” that was set to run to July 8, featuring gouache paintings. The exhibit has now been extended for the rest of the month, ending on July 29.

One of Alexander’s best known pieces for her “Portraits” exhibit featured a charismatic redhead named Olivia, who used to live in a Hoboken shelter from 2004 to 2006. Alexander would bring Olivia to her studio for photo shoots for the following two years, and she ended up painting 13 large oil paintings as a result of the photos.

Alexander eventually lost track of Olivia, but this past year she painted a new tiny portrait of her after sifting through about 450 photos. A short video about Olivia is featured alongside her work in the “Reunion” exhibit.

Alexander has maintained a studio at 720 Monroe St., the former Levelor factory, and now the Monroe Arts center, for the past 28 years. In 2013, she rented space at Mana Contemporary, in, Jersey City after earning her second fellowship grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Utilizing the large space and working on super-sized canvases, she would use herself as a model to represent different aspects of the feminine guise.

Alexander’s work is frequently exhibited in New York and New Jersey as well as Japan and Austria. Notable venues that have …read more

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