Born in Hobart, Alexi Freeman is a Melbourne-based artist best known for his work in the fields of fashion, jewellery and painting. Having undertaken a Fine Arts degrees at the University of Tasmania (graduated 2004), Freeman has established himself as an exemplar of interdisciplinary creative practices, interspersing periods of intensely focused, studio-based work with expansive research sabbaticals in Europe, USA and Japan. Freeman’s love affairs with geometry, rock n’ roll, nature and science fiction are his greatest inspirations. Though seemingly disparate, these loves infuse and unify his fabrications, be they visual artworks, ready-to-wear garments, bespoke pieces or installation works that blur the boundaries of contemporary art, craft and artisanal design.
Freeman’s fashion collections have been worn by the likes of Jerry Hall, Georgia May Jagger, Ruby Rose, Nai Palm (Hiatus Kaiyote), Jess Cornelius (Teeth & Tongue) and Kimbra and his art and design products are held in private collections in the USA, UK, Germany, Russia, Japan, New Zealand, France and Australia.
Significant accomplishments include becoming a recipient of Australia Council for the Arts funding for a major exhibition entitled Future Artefacts in collaboration with Tessa Blazey and Jane Burton, Craft Victoria (2017), Future Artefacts tours to the Australian Design Centre (2018); representation at the National Gallery of Australia Shop (2017-); representation at the National Gallery of Victoria Shop (2016-) the launch of the ALEXI FREEMAN White Noise fashion collection at the Museum of Old and New Art (2016), selection for Melbourne Now at the National Gallery of Victoria (2013); launch of Palm Relic collection, London Fashion Week (2012); costume design commission for The Australian Ballet’s 50th anniversary Infinity season in collaboration with Gideon Obarzanek (2012).