ALEX ECHO (American, b. 1958)
Tirelessly and without any fanfare, Alex Echo has created artwork professionally for thirty-eight years, and has placed his works in the collections of some of the world’s top corporations, institutions and celebrities. He considers himself an ultimate outsider and one of the most successful and happy, relatively unknown artists in the world.
Echo has worked relentlessly for various charities and institutions, raising over $1,200,000 from sales of his works for a multitude of projects. Selling ten paintings at the prestigious Wallace Collection in London, the proceeds from which were used to rebuild an earthquake-destroyed school in southern China. He also created one of SWATCH Watches’ most successful artist watches, “The Imagine Love” watch, selling more than 153,000 units and giving all his royalties to send over 80 children affected by AIDS to a healthy summer camp in New York with full health care.
In 2010-11, Echo created the principle designs for the Paul Smith “Couture Women’s Wear Collection”, which sold in locations around the world. Later, in 2013-14, Echo painted a bespoke guitar by request of Eric Clapton, which was played by Clapton and later sold at auction to benefit the Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a rehab facility founded by Mr. Clapton. Most recently he worked in cooperation with HRH Prince Charles and The Elephant Family in London, creating a one of a kind TUK TUK that was auctioned at the private residence of Prince Charles; the sale raised £52,000.00 ($81,500.00), the proceeds of which were dedicated to saving the Asian Elephant.
He has built a successful client base in China, Singapore, India, Europe and the UK, with collectors in most American states as well. Collections include The Carter Centre, Jimmy and Roslyn Carter, HSH Prince Rainier of Monaco, The Princess Grace Foundation, Sir Paul Smith, Ted Turner, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Downey Jr. Madonna, Alain Boublil, The estate of Dr. Timothy Leary, Climate Change Capital SWATCH Watch, Nike, Sony, AT&T, MGM, Gibson Guitars, Broadway Cares, APLA, Seagrams, Montblanc, The Elton John AIDS Foundation AMFAR, The Elephant Family and Absolut.