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Alan’s career progressed through interior design, graphic design and culminated in being appointed Head of Graphic Design at Newcastle School of Art and Design. Since 2000 Alan has been a professional artist and his work has been featured in many of the North-East’s leading Galleries.
"Although I am interested in a variety of subjects such as still life, landscapes and the human form, my fascination with street life and the urban landscape is a major focal point. I simply love painting and drawing everyday activity of people in the City; crowded streets, markets and people shopping. I find constant inspiration from these subjects."
Apart from an interest in still life, figurative drawings and painting Alan mostly paints subjects that attract his interest - amongst these are timber buildings, chaotic boatyards, street scenes, architecture, street furniture, cars and street signs.
His watercolours have always been ‘fast and loose’ yet his acrylics are somewhat more controlled. “Watercolour will do the work for you if you let it” he claims. “Don’t be a bully! Leave it alone to do its own magic”
Many appreciate his particular artistic magic, and, apart from having his work in many private collections, his work has been featured in ‘The Artist’ magazine and in ‘The Artists of Northumbria’ written by Marshall Hall.
Alan has always been interested in various styles and modes of painting, although he leans towards an impressionist approach to the world that surrounds us all. He also takes much interest in the abstract. He is often described as having many styles of painting and this may well be influenced by his background in ‘commercial art’ where versatility was essential to survival.
Alan is also available to undertake individual commissions. His work can be viewed by appointment by contacting him on firstname.lastname@example.org