The Style Fold: Alex Achaval

Posted on March 12, 2018, 10:33 am
3 mins


Photography by Aljohn Gaviola. follow on Instagram

Styling by Sarah Elizabeth Caples.

Artist Alex Achaval

From Alex Achaval:

My work can be described as contemporary portraiture.  An added uncharacteristic element or found object can be seen throughout my work such as the “paintbrush girl” series where I take classic wooden brushes and apply them onto the canvas or wood panel before I begin. This series of 3d painting was adapted after seeing an old truck that someone had painted to blend in with the wall behind it in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. I like to incorporate these objects into my work to represent the obstacles we have to overcome in life. You have to either paint over it like it was never there or embrace it. Not to mention it challenges me, it works well and it’s fun! You can see me at Goodwill or Value Village with my hands full of the weirdest combination of objects.

I develop forms that do not follow logical criteria but are based only on subjective associations and formal parallels, which incite the viewer to make new personal associations. I believe that is what art is all about. I’m currently living and working in Seattle. I just opened my own small gallery/studio in Pike place market called Artificial Gallery. See my work

The Style Fold Shoot

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Sarah Caples has lived in Seattle since 2004 working as a fashion stylist for private clients. Sarah launched an art and society blog in 2008, along with a monthly salon at The Sorrento Hotel, which ran until June 2012. As executive editor of, Caples hopes to cultivate an informed dialog about regional culture and bring people of diverse backgrounds together in support of nonprofits, artists and community builders.