Title: The Red Block
Size: 70cm x 90cm x 4cm
Medium: Oil on Canvas

Price: POA

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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.

Artist Statement

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.

Curriculum Vitae

Born in 1953, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK


2009 to present day                   Visual Artist

2005-2009                   Edinburgh College of Art, BA (Hons) Painting & Drawing

2004-2005                   Leith School of Art Foundation Course

Pre-2003                     Working in the Engineering Industry

Selected Exhibitions

 2018               8 December - 20 January 2019, Mixed Winter Exhibition, Fidra Fine Art Gallery, (Main St.) Gullane, East Lothian

2018              25 November - 13 December, 138th RSW Annual Exhibition, RSA, The Mound, Edinburgh

2018              15 November - 26 January 2019, Mixed Winter Exhibition, Gallery Ten, 5 William St. Edinburgh

2018              3 Nov. - 3 March 2019, 5 Years - Celebrating the Gallery's birthday, Mixed Show, The Velvet Easel Gallery, Portobello

2018              9 June - 15 July, 40:40 Vision, 40 years of Wasps Studios, , Kirkcudbright Gallery, Dumfries and Galloway

2018               26 May - 24 June, New Beginnings, Fidra Fine Art Gallery, (Main St.) Gullane, East Lothian

2018               Mixed Open Exhibition,Fidra Fine Art Gallery, North Berwick

2017               Mixed Open Exhibition,Fidra Fine Art Gallery, North Berwick

2017              The RSW, Lillie Art Gallery, Station Rd., Milngavie, Glasgow

2017               RSA, Open Exhibition,The Mound, Edinburgh

2017                Land & Sea, 6 ArtistsExhibition, Craigard Gallery, Wigtown, Dumfries and Galloway

2017                Summer Exhibition,Gallery Ten, 5 William St. Edinburgh

2017                Mixed Open Exhibition, Fidra Fine Art Gallery, North Berwick

2017                Christmas Mixed Exhibition,Fidra Fine Art Gallery, North Berwick

2016                Winter Exhibition - Featured Artist, Edinburgh Drawing School, Great King St. Edinburgh

2016                Winter Mixed Exhibition,Gallery 10, Winter Exhibition, Stafford St.  Edinburgh

2016                'Ya Bass' Bass Rock – A Timeless Muse Exhibition Fidra Fine Art Gallery, North Berwick

2016                Open Mixed ShowThe RSW, The Meffan Art Gallery, West High St. Forfar, Angus

2016                Winter Mixed Exhibition,Fidra Fine Art Gallery, North Berwick

2015                Open Exhibition,RSA, The Mound, Edinburgh

2015                Winter Exhibition,Gallery 10, Stafford St. Edinburgh

2015                Winter Exhibition,The Meffan Art Gallery, West High St. Forfar, Angus

2015                6 Month Residency & Research at Warburton Studios, India Buildings, Edinburgh

2014                Open Studios, Warburton Studios, India Buildings, Edinburgh

2014                3Harbours Arts Festival, East Lothian

2014                Translations,Moray Arts Centre, Findhorn, Forres

2013                Observations from The Back Room,Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh

2013                Aspects of Leith II, Leith School of Art, Edinburgh

2012                Art Fair, Chelsea Town Hall, King's Road, London

2012                Exhibition of Contemporary Scottish Painting,The Vine Trust Barge, Leith

2012                North Light,Town House Museum, Dunbar, East Lothian

2012                The Making of It,The Old Ambulance Depot, [part of Embassy Annuale and Leithlate]

2012                The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour, 132ndAnnual Open Exhibition

2011                Aspects of Leith I,Whitespace, Edinburgh

2011                Jolomo Finalists,Hannah McClure Centre, Abertay Dundee University, Dundee

2011                Jolomo Finalists,Bryce Hall, The Bank of Scotland, The Mound, Edinburgh

2011                Edgelands,Leith School of Art, Edinburgh

2011                Scratching the Surface II,Arts Complex, Edinburgh

2011                Scratching the Surface I, Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh

2010                Edinburgh World Heritage, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh

2010                Sub lime Structures, MWB, Business Exchange, Edinburgh (Solo)

2010                Salon SansTitre,The Henderson Gallery,Edinburgh

2010                The Aspect Prize,Paisley Museum & Art Galleries, Paisley

2010                ARTSPACE2LET, Marchmont, Edinburgh

2009                RSA, 183rdAnnual Open Exhibition, The Mound, Edinburgh

2009                VENN, Gladstone’s Land, Edinburgh

2009                Inprint,The Maltings Arts Centre, Berwick upon Tweed, Print

2009                Colonel Mustard’s Tea Party,Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh

2009                Film Strips Exhibition, The Filmhouse, Edinburgh

2008                Up The Stairs,Gladstone’s Land, Edinburgh

2008                Glass Ceiling,Drill Hall, Edinburgh

2007                Pulp Exhibition, Work on Paper, Chessel Gallery, Edinburgh

2007                New Works,Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh

2007                Draw/Skateraw, Richard DeMarco’s Archive, East Lothian

Collections & Awards

Edinburgh Solicitor Property Centre

Private Collections: Scotland, Ireland, Germany, USA, Canada,

Jolomo Bank of Scotland Award 2011 (Finalist)