About Alex

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Alex Long (b 1987) is an oil painter based in Oxfordshire. Painting primarily on location or ‘en plein air’ his works seek to capture the mood or essence of a place at a particular moment in time. By working from life and taking inspiration from nature and the seasons, Alex is able to develop a deep understanding of a particular landscape, resulting in quick and lively compositions which express the beauty of the world surrounding him.

In 2023 Alex returned from living in Florence where he spent a year training at a classical arts academy to augment his self-taught studies. Before that he worked for 13 years as a Chemist in the Biotechnology industry until he took up painting full-time in 2022.

Alex has exhibited in numerous group shows including with the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, and his work is widely held by collectors in the UK and internationally.



  • Burford Art Gallery (https://www.burford.co.uk/pages/burford-gallery)
  • Calusa Gallery, Naples, FL, USA (https://calusagallery.com/)
  • Highgate Contemporary Art (https://highgateart.com/)

Upcoming Exhibitions

  • New English Art Club Annual Exhibition 2024, Mall Galleries, London

Previous Exhibitions

  • Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition 2023, Mall Galleries, London.
  • Highgate Contemporary Art, Summer Exhibition, London. (2023)
  • Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition 2022, Mall Galleries, London
  • Art in the City winners exhibition, Gloucester Brewery. (2022)
  • The Jam Factory, Open Exhibition, Oxford (2022)
  • Broadway Arts Festival, Open exhibition (2022)
  • West Ox arts, Group show, Oxfordshire (2022)
  • The Jam Factory, Group show, Oxford (2022)
  • Oxfordshire Artweeks Solo Exhibition, Witney (2022)


  • "Highly Commended" for my painting of the Malvern Hills at the Spirit of Malvern Plein Air Competition in Great Malvern (2024)
  • “Highly Commended” for my painting of the Choir interior at Gloucester Cathedral during the Art in the City Plein Air competition in Gloucester. (2022)
  • Longlisted for the Jackson’s Painting Prize. (2022)


  • Florence Classical Arts Academy 2022-23