I met Alex at a gallery opening in Soho. He said he wanted to paint my eyes. And so we spent some time talking and then soon I was sitting in his studio on Prince Street. First is a sketch, then comes a small version painting. He told me wonderful stories of New-York in the 60s and how his career had all begun. A jolly hard painter, a living master with a hint of flirtation. Working ten canvases at a time, his palette and style, the scale and use of space, cinematic crops and subjects are just wonderful-powerful.