About the Artist
Born 1966. Studied Glasgow School of Art 1984-88 and then PGCE University of Edinburgh 2004-05. Exhibited widely including RGI, The Compass Gallery, Glasgow, Leith Gallery, Edinburgh Gallery, Ewan Mundy Fine Art, Glasgow, Roger Billcliffe Fine Art, Glasgow, Smiths Art Gallery and Museum, Stirling, Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh as well as internationally in Dublin, France, Germany and New York.
Alan's work can best be summed up in his own words...
"The starting point of many of my pictures is an object such as an old toy, an image of a favourite painting or a particular building. This forms the focal point of an artwork in which I try to create a narrative, either historical based on the object or building or imagined.My images have a surreal edge influenced by artists such as Giorgio de Chirico and Edward Hopper. Many of my small works are created using gouache paint. In my large pictures I use charcoal and soft chalk pastels. The charcoal is used to create a tonal under-drawing and I then build up the colour over this using the chalk pastels."