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Alex Bakk

00 Alex Portrait Competition Artist PictureAlex was born on the 15th (the ides) of March, 1954 in Northern Transylvania (Romania). At the age of five, his artistic talents were noticed by his Uncle who was an artist himself. He became Alex’s first art teacher. Under his Uncle’s wings, Alex created his first real master piece, a drawing of an ordinary wooden chair, down to the smallest detail; cracks, shadows and all.

Watching his Uncle draw and paint, Alex tried his hands at everything his Uncle created. From drawing in pencil, Alex advanced to color pencils, watercolours, tempera, pastels and finally oils. In his early teens, Alex enrolled in the famous College of the Arts in Baia-Mare, Romania. Here, he further improved his artistic talents in all mediums and subjects.

Growing up in Romania, as a part of Hungarian minority, Alex experienced the harsh reality of persecutions against minorities. The strict censorship of the Communist regime made it impossible to find out how life was beyond the Iron Curtain, in the free world. In late September 1979, Alex took a blind chance in the un-known, escaped the Communist regime and only with the shirt on his back, fled across the border and at night swam across the Great Danube into Yugoslavia. After a long and dangerous journey, he ended up in a refugee camp in Trieste, Italy where he remained for five months until he managed to immigrate to Canada. Again, from scratch, in a new country, Alex had to learn a brand new language.

After a year living in Toronto, Alex was re-united with his wife and his daughter, five-years of age. In the ‘New World’, newly found friends and colleagues found his story very intriguing and kept encouraging and convincing Alex that his story needed to be told; and that is how Alex wrote and published his own Biography called “Across the Fence, across the Pond“.

Alex, with his family, moved to Alberta and settled in the small community of Claresholm where he worked in Nursing at the local Mental Health Hospital. Alex continued painting and exhibiting his art. On request, he started teaching drawing and oil painting at the local Community College.

Most of Alex’s art were left in Romania when he escaped. Some of his paintings are in private collections throughout Romania, Germany, Hungary and Canada. Alex had several group and solo exhibitions. Presently, Alex is a member of the Lethbridge Artists Club and the Claresholm Art Club. He continues teaching in all mediums, skill levels and subject matter and also woodcarving.

For any commission work, purchasing works of art, enquiries or private tutorials, Alex can be contacted by e-mail at wood_art@telus.net

Most recent portraits…

"Barbara" Pencil (Size: 14 X 10) SOLD

Barbara” Pencil (Size: 14 X 10) SOLD

"Lisa" Pencil (Size: 14 X 10) SOLD

Lisa” Pencil (Size: 14 X 10) SOLD

Dr. Van Christou" Pencil (Size: 14 X 10) SOLD

Dr. Van Christou” Pencil (Size: 14 X 10) SOLD

"John Pinto" Pencil (Size: 14 X 10)

John Pinto” Pencil (Size: 14 X 10) SOLD

"Tyler" Pencil (Size" 14 X 10)

Tyler” Pencil (Size” 14 X 10) SOLD

"Amanda" Pencil (Size: 14 X 10)

Amanda” Pencil (Size: 14 X 10) SOLD

"Nicholas" Pencil (Size: 14 X 10)

Nicholas” Pencil (Size: 14 X 10) SOLD

"Norah Hawn" Pencil (Size: 14 X 10)

Norah Hawn” Pencil (Size: 14 X 10) SOLD

"Herb Hicks" Pencil (Size: 14 X 10)

Herb Hicks” Pencil (Size: 14 X 10)

"Val Peterson" Pencil (Size 12 X 8)

Val Peterson” Pencil (Size 13 X 8)

"Lars Nodge" Live Pencil Sketch (Size: 12 X 10)

“Lars Nodge” Live Pencil Sketch (Size: 12 X 10)

"Dr. Liesl Lewke-Bogle" Live Pencil Sketch (Size: 12 X 10)

“Dr. Liesl Lewke-Bogle” Live Pencil Sketch (Size: 12 X 10)

"Daryl Ferguson" Live Pencil Sketch (Size: 18 X 8)

Daryl Ferguson” Live Pencil Sketch (Size: 18 X 8)

"Daryl Ferguson" Pencil (Size: 14 X 10)

Daryl Ferguson” Pencil (Size: 14 X 10)

"Leanne Elias" Pencil (Size: 14 X 10)

Leanne Elias” Pencil (Size: 14 X 10)

"Belinda Crowson" Pencil (Size: 14 X 10)

Belinda Crowson” Pencil (Size: 14 X 10)

"Tanya Pace-Crosschild" Pencil (Size: 12 X 10)

Tanya Pace-Crosschild” Pencil (Size: 12 X 10)

"Elizabeth Ginn" Pencil (Size: 14 X 10)

Elizabeth Ginn” Pencil (Size: 14 X 10)

"Knud Petersen" Pencil (Size" 14 X 10)

Knud Petersen” Pencil (Size” 14 X 10)

"John Pinto" Live Pencil Sketch (Size: 10 X 8)

John Pinto” Live Pencil Sketch (Size: 10 X 8)

"Ike Lanier" Pencil (Size: 11 X 9)

Ike Lanier” Pencil (Size: 11 X 9) SOLD

"Ike Lanier" Live Pencil Sketch (Size: 11 X 9)

Ike Lanier” Live Pencil Sketch (Size: 11 X 9) SOLD

"Joyce Crittenden" Pencil (Size: 11 X 9)

Joyce Crittenden” Pencil (Size: 11 X 9)

"Joyce Crittenden" Live Pencil Sketch (Size: 12 X 10)

Joyce Crittenden” Live Pencil Sketch (Size: 12 X 10)

Charlie Russell" Pencil (Size: 10 X 13)

Charlie Russell” Pencil (Size: 10 X 13)

Charlie Russell" Pencil (Size: 13 X 10)

Charlie Russell” Pencil (Size: 13 X 10)

Charlie Russell" Pencil (Size: 12 X 10)

Charlie Russell” Pencil (Size: 12 X 10)

"Cheryl Atkinson" Live Pencil Sketch (Size: 12 X 10)

Cheryl Atkinson” Live Pencil Sketch (Size: 12 X 10)

"Dr. Gomes - The Man Behind the Mask" Pencil Study for the Competition (Size: 14 X 10)

Dr. Gomes – The Man Behind the Mask” Pencil Study for the Competition (Size: 14 X 10)

"Dr. Gomes - The Man Behind the Mask" Pencil study of hands

Dr. Gomes – The Man Behind the Mask” Pencil study of hands

"Dr. Gomes - The Man Behind the Mask" Pencil Value Study

Dr. Gomes – The Man Behind the Mask” Pencil Value Study

"The Man Behind the Mask" Watercolor (Size: 28 X 18)

The Man Behind the Mask” Watercolor (Size: 28 X 18)

"Mary Oordt" Color Pencil (Size: 14 X 10)

Mary Oordt” Color Pencil (Size: 14 X 10)

"Herb Hicks" Live Pencil Sketch (Size: 14 X 10)

Herb Hicks” Live Pencil Sketch (Size: 14 X 10)

"Mark Campmbell" Pencil (Size: 14 X 10)

Mark Campmbell” Pencil (Size: 14 X 10)

"Bob Tarleck" Pencil (Size: 14 X 10)

Bob Tarleck” Pencil (Size: 14 X 10)

"Bob Tarleck" Live Pencil Sketch by Alex Bakk

Bob Tarleck” Live Pencil Sketch by Alex Bakk

Watercolors…

"Self Portrait with Daisy May" Watercolor (Size: 14 X 10)

Self Portrait with Daisy May” Watercolor (Size: 14 X 10)

"Country Road" Watercolor (SOLD)

Country Road” Watercolor (SOLD)

"Sunset at Waterton" Watercolor (SOLD)

Sunset at Waterton” Watercolor (SOLD)

"Dawn's Cash" Watercolor (SOLD)

Dawn’s Cash” Watercolor (SOLD)

"Winter Walk by Henderson Lake" Watercolor (Size: 14 X 21)

Winter Walk by Henderson Lake” Watercolor (Size: 14 X 21)

"Artist's Mental Block" Watercolor

Artist’s Mental Block” Watercolor

"Summer at Cameron Falls" Watercolor (Size: 17 X 27)

Summer at Cameron Falls” Watercolor (Size: 17 X 27)

"Red Rock Canyon 01" Watercolor (Size: 17 X 24)

Red Rock Canyon 01” Watercolor (Size: 17 X 24)

"Spring at Henderson Lake" Watercolor (Size:11 X 15)

Spring at Henderson Lake” Watercolor (Size:11 X 15)

"Spring Walk at Henderson Lake" Watercolor (Size: 11 X 15)

Spring Walk at Henderson Lake” Watercolor (Size: 11 X 15)

"Emma at the Table" Watercolor (Size: 12 X 9)

Emma at the Table” Watercolor (Size: 12 X 9)

"Nikka Yuko Gardens in Fall " Watercolor SOLD

Nikka Yuko Gardens in Fall” Watercolor SOLD

"Couple in the Grass" Watercolor SOLD

Couple in the Grass” Watercolor SOLD

"Austin" Watercolor (Size: 12 X 9)

Austin” Watercolor (Size: 12 X 9)

"The Good Old Days" Watercolor (Size: 15 X 12) SOLD

The Good Old Days” Watercolor (Size: 15 X 12) SOLD

"Young Girl's Portrait" Watercolor (Size: 16 X 11) SOLD

Young Girl’s Portrait” Watercolor (Size: 16 X 11) SOLD

"Red Rock Canyon 02" Watercolor (Size: 27 X 19)

Red Rock Canyon 02” Watercolor (Size: 27 X 19)

"Janice" Watercolor (Size: 16 X 12) SOLD

Janice” Watercolor (Size: 16 X 12) SOLD

"Watercolor in Progress"

Watercolor in Progress

Oils…

"Round-up at Dutch Creek" Oil (Size: 29 X 52) $1092.00

Round-up at Dutch Creek” Oil (Size: 52 X 29) $1092.00

"Old House with Brown Horse" Oil (Size: 20 X 27)

Old House with Brown Horse” Oil (Size: 27 X 20)

"Chief Mountain" Oil (Size: 27X 16) $527.00

Chief Mountain” Oil (Size: 27X 16) $527.00

Panning for Gold” Oil

Foothills” Oil

Hunter” Oil

Grandma plucking a chicken” Oil

"Self Portrait" Oil

“Self Portrait” Oil

Child with Dog” Oil

Grandma on the Porch” Oil

"On the Beach" Oil (Size: 71 X 32)

On the Okanagan Beach” Oil (Size: 71 X 32)

"Fishing at Castle River" Oil

Fishing at Castle River Falls” Oil (Size: 33 X 28)

"Nikka Yuko Garden in Autumn" Oil (Size: 20 X 40) $640.00

Nikka Yuko Garden in Autumn” Oil (Size: 40 X 20) $650.00

“Sunrise near Mountain View” (Oil) Size: 24 X 36 $650.00

Pastels…

"Trail to Chief Mountain" Pastel (Size: 10 X 22) $220.00

Trail to Chief Mountain” Pastel (Size: 10 X 22) $260.00 (SOLD)

Fruit Plate” Oil Pastels

Nikka Yuko Garden in Summer” Soft Pastels (SOLD)

"Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden in Fall" Soft Pastel Study (Size: 9 X 19) $280.00

Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden in Fall” Soft Pastel Study (Size: 19 X 9) $280.00 (SOLD)

"Back Road to Chief Mountain" Pastel (Size: 23 X 12) $410.00

Back Road to Chief Mountain” Pastel (Size: 23 X 12) $410.00 (SOLD)

"Bails along the Coutts Highway" Pastels (Size 11 X 23) $379

Bales along the Coutts Highway” Pastels (Size 23 X 11) $380.00

"Helen Schuler Nature Centre" Pastel (Size: 16 X 24)

Helen Schuler Nature Centre in Bloom” Pastel (Size: 16 X 24) $360.00

"Trail to the Bridge" Pastel (Size: 11 X 18) $180.00

Trail to the Bridge” Pastel (Size: 11 X 18) $260.00

"Trail to the Bluffs" Pastel (Size: 22 X 15) $

Trail to the Bluffs” Pastel (Size: 22 X 15) $340.00

"Trail in the Fall" Paste (size: 10 X 14) $140.00

Trail in the Fall” Paste (size: 10 X 14) $200.00

"Red Rock Canyon in the Morning" Pastel (Size: 14 X 10) $200.00

Red Rock Canyon in the Morning” Pastel (Size: 14 X 10) $200.00

"Back to the Old Homestead" Pastel (Size: 12 X 18) $280.00

Back to the Old Homestead” Pastel (Size: 12 X 18) $280.00

"Curiosity" Chalk Pastel (Size: 15 X 29) $420.00

“Curiosity” Chalk Pastel (Size: 15 X 29) $420.00

Other mediums…

"Portrait of Brandy" Crayola Sticks (Size: 10 X 14) N. F. S.

Portrait of Brandy” Crayola Sticks (Size: 10 X 14) N. F. S.

"Emma by the Fireplace" Colored Pencils

Emma by the Fireplace” Colored Pencils

"Daisy May" Pen and Ink

Daisy May” Pen and Ink

"Barking Dog" Pyrography

Barking Dog” Pyrography

"Fall in the Country" Colored Pencils

Fall in the Country” Colored Pencils

"Before the Storm" Fabric strips on board (Size: 19 X 28) $564.00

Before the Storm” Fabric strips on board (Size: 19 X 28) $564.00

Drawings and sketches…

Grandma on the Porch” Pencil

“Emma” Pencil

“Artist’s mental block” Pencil

“Panning for gold” Pencil

“Couple’s Portrait” Pencil (12 X 15) SOLD

“Pond” Pencil Study

“Old House” Pencil Sketch

“Hunter” Pencil

“Foothills” Pencil Sketch

“Frank Slide” Pencil

“Lilies” Pencil

Pencil study for a Moose horn carving

“Study for Wood Carving” Pencil

“Baby” Pencil (Size: 11″ X 14″)

“Mia and Barnabas” Pencil

Carvings… Walking Sticks (Brief History)

“Lady Kneeling” Juniper

“Lady Kneeling” Juniper

“Lady Kneeling” (Juniper)

“Two snakes walking stick 02” Poplar $650.00 (Sold)

“Two Snakes Walking stick 01” Poplar

“Two Snakes Walking stick (full view)” Poplar

“Gargoil” Juniper

“Aboriginal / Eagle Walking Stick” Poplar

“Celtic Love Bowl” Juniper

“Celtic Love Spoon” Juniper

“Eagle and Fish” Moose horn SOLD

“Hope Chest” Mapl)

“Fairy Cane Detail” Poplar

“Fairy Cane Detail” Poplar

“Fairy Cane Detail: Poplar

“Fairy Cane Detail” Poplar

“Fairy Cane Detail” Poplar

“Native Woman” Maple

“Pioneer” Maple

“Native Woman” Maple

“Dragon Cane Detail” Poplar $550.00 (Sold)

“Dragon Cane Detail” Poplar

“Dragon Cane Detail” Poplar

“Dolphins Cane Detail” Poplar

“Maple leafe and Eagle Picture holder” Maple and Stone

“Ram Head Bookend” Maple

“Shark Pendant” Juniper

“Scorpion Pendant” Juniper

"Bear Walking Stick" Poplar

“Bear Walking Stick” Poplar $750.00 (Sold)

"Bear Walking Stick (detail) 03"

“Bear Walking Stick (detail) 03”

"Bear Walking Stick (detail) 02"

“Bear Walking Stick (detail) 02”

"Bear Walking Stick (detail) 01"

“Bear Walking Stick (detail) 01”

"Bear Walking Stick (detail) 00"

“Bear Walking Stick (detail) 00”

"See no Evil..." Detail

“See no Evil…” Detail

"Hear no Evil..." Detail

“Hear no Evil…” Detail

"Speak no Evil..." Detail

“Speak no Evil…” Detail

"See no Evil, Hear no Evil, Speak no Evil Walking Stick" Pine (NFS)

“See no Evil, Hear no Evil, Speak no Evil Walking Stick” Pine (NFS)

"See... Hear... Speak no Evil" Walking stick detail...

“See… Hear… Speak no Evil” Walking stick detail…

"See... Hear... Speak no Evil Walking Stick" More detail

“See… Hear… Speak no Evil Walking Stick” More detail

"Wizard Walking Stick" Poplar $550.00

“Wizard Walking Stick” Poplar $550.00 (SOLD)

Carving a Walking Stick 

"Cobra Walking Stick" Poplar (Size: 59 in tall) $680.00

“Cobra Walking Stick” Poplar (Size: 59 in tall) $680.00

"Cobra Walking Stick" Poplar Front view(Size: 59 in tall) $680.00

“Cobra Walking Stick” Poplar Front view(Size: 59 in tall) $680.00

"Cobra Walking Stick" Poplar Rear view (Size: 59 in tall) $680.00

“Cobra Walking Stick” Poplar Rear view (Size: 59 in tall) $680.00

 
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8 Comments leave one →
  1. Marilyn G permalink
    March 30, 2014 9:58 am

    Superb work on all pieces and such patience and attention to detail is outstanding. I also like your fabric art.

  2. March 30, 2014 10:24 am

    Than you Marilyn, I appreciate your complements, 🙂

  3. April 24, 2015 3:44 pm

    these are all amazing, especially the portrait sketches! 😀

  4. April 24, 2015 6:37 pm

    Thanks Bi… I appreciate it… 🙂

  5. Nancy permalink
    December 12, 2015 2:20 pm

    Hello Alex

    Just wondering if you will ever be teaching a beginner’s wood carving class at CASA?

    Nancy

    • December 12, 2015 2:53 pm

      Hi Nancy,
      I am willing, lol, but I will pass your request to our Classes and Workshops Chairperson. In order for a course to proceed, we need at least six students to sign up. Well, wish us good luck, lol…
      Alex.

  6. Jessica permalink
    September 21, 2017 2:25 pm

    Hi there Alex. How can I purchase one of your paintings? One caught my eye at the Mayors Luncheon today, “Spring at Henderson Lake’, where you received the Joan Waterfield award. It shows on here that it isn’t sold…

  7. Alex Bakk permalink
    September 23, 2017 9:33 am

    Hi Jessica, I am happy to hear that you like the painting. The painting “Spring walk by Henderson Lake” is hanging on my wall here at home in Raymond, AB. It as a watercolor size 11 X 15 and the cost is $260.00 Matted and framed. If you wish, please call me at 403-308-3176 and any evenings my wife is at home to open the door since at the moment I am not able to get out of the bed. Cheers an and thank you so much. Alex.

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