Born in Muncie, Indiana in 1952, Alexa King came to her art at an early age. Influenced by her mother’s artistic talents and reinforced by her father’s skill in managing the construction of structures, Alexa developed an eye for form and dynamism which she expressed through drawings, pastels and oils. Fondly remembering a Christmas gift of a wooden box of pastels, Alexa recalls the creative process came naturally to her through learning by careful observation of her mother working in her studio. Formal study began at the Art Students League in Indianapolis, there Alexa found her lifelong métier in the arts.
Later, when her family moved to Camp Atterbury in southern Indiana as a result of her father’s appointment as post commander, she connected immediately and fundamentally connected with the vast panorama of the natural world around her. Alexa developed her keen observation of nature as well as a love for the horse as both theme and impact on her life. This experience profoundly influenced her creations and brought her work to another level.
While studying studio art as a painting major at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, Alexa discovered the power of three dimensional forms in a life modeling class. Alexa immediately took her discovery of expression in clay to the classic medium of bronze. She had her first one woman show at the Morris Douglas Fine Arts and Phippen O’Brien Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ within three months of casting her first bronze. This exhibition started Alexa on her lifelong path of creativity through sculpture.
As a result of her first One Woman Show, Alexa received the prestigious commission to portray the “Pony Express” in a series for the Nelson Rockefeller Collections, New York City. Since 1981 Alexa has been awarded numerous private and public commissions featuring her classic depiction of movement and expression in her works.
During the past twenty-eight years in the medium, Alexa has broadened the scope, scale, and expression of her bronze sculpture by such animalier pieces as “Red October”, “The Orangutan and Baby”, “Kalahari”, and “Leap of Faith”. A major project depicting foxhounds was created for the Masters of Foxhounds Association, Alexa created a life-size hound at a full run, with just one foot touching the ground. Not only capturing the essence of a hound on scent, but also pushing the engineering envelope in the medium of bronze.
Alexa’s sculptures are in the collection of America’s most prominent families and institutions. Additionally, pieces have been selected for the prestigious Leigh Yawkey Woodsen “Birds in Art” exhibition. The “Thoroughbred Mare and Foal” was auctioned at Sotheby’s Important Sporting Art in 2001. Recently two of her works have been successfully auctioned at Christies’ in London. Corporate commissions include her selection by the Ford Motor Company’s Presidential Awards as well as CD case designs for Aerosmith and Warren Zevon. She has done awards and trophies for the Arena Football League, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, and the USEF Horse of the Year Award trophy. Public sculpture by Alexa King include a life-size infantryman at the entrance to Camp Atterbury, a signature piece depicting a life-size figure and tableau for the University of Wisconsin's School of Veterinary Medicine, along with the 1/2 life-size portrait bronze of “Saluter” installed at the Virginia Gold Cup, Plains, VA.
Most recently in 2008 Alexa was selected by a field of 100 artists to create the 1.25 life-size bronze memorial depicting Barbaro winning the Kentucky Derby. Her sculpture depicts Barbaro with all four feet off the ground. This was an engineering feat within itself since no other larger than life-size sculptures of a horse has been depicted in this manner. The sculpture was installed the 26th of April, 2009 at Gate 1 at Churchill Downs.