About the Artist
Born in Edinburgh 1953. Following a period working in the Engineering industry Allan completed the Art Foundation Course at Leith School of Art before studying at Edinburgh College of Art from 2005-2009 gaining a BA (Hons) Painting & Drawing. Since then Allan has worked full time as a visual artist. He regularly contributes to group shows across the country most recently at the RSA Open Exhibition in Edinburgh and is held in private collections in Scotland, Ireland, Germany, USA and Canada.
My interest is in the investigation of architectural shapes and surfaces through the medium of painting. I am drawn to ambiguous spaces at the edges of the built environment where boundaries between civilization and nature, order and disorder, past and present have become blurred and indistinct. Where overlooked landscapes of rural and urban decay co-exists with our industrial backdrop.
What draws my attention to the object is its surface, the colours on its planes, the textures and the materials of which it is made. I also consider how it is situated in the landscape and the real and imaginary histories and stories which surround it.
My aim is to invoke an atmosphere capturing reminisces and bygone memories of the object and reflecting its impact on the viewer.