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Open Edition prints available on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 308gsm 100% cotton acid-free paper
After three years at Stoke-on-Trent College of Art, Alan's promising talents were recognised when, at the age of 18, he was accepted by the Royal College of Art, London. Returning to his native Cheshire after three years, he taught art at a secondary school before accepting a lectureship at South Central College of Art, Crewe, where he remained for six years.
After a series of one man exhibitions, Alan retired from teaching at 29 to seek new inspiration from living in America. While in California, he won three prizes for his paintings and thus started his career as a professional artist.
Alan moved back to the UK in 1972 and opened the Yorkshire Gallery in Micklegate, York which he used as a base for travelling around the country continuously adding new areas to his Gallery.
In 1988 he opened a second gallery in North Marine Road in the historic town of Scarborough, giving him access to the East Coast.
Eventually, after spending many years living and working in York painting numerous aspects of this ancient city, Alan has now relocated to Scarborough where the castle dominates the sky line above both the North and South bays.
Alan's watercolours breathe in the fresh air of seascapes and the vibrancy of his oils brings an exciting energy to his canvases. And, in recent years, Alan's many visits to Italy have again brought a renewed strength into his work. His enthusiasm never wanes and lately New Zealand has been added to his list of new sources of inspiration.
Over the years, a number of charities have benefited from Alan's talent and many thousands of pounds have been raised both locally and nationally. For example, his painting of the fire which destroyed the roof of York Minster in 1984 raised £1000 for the restoration fund.
Privately commissioned views have been warmly accepted. Alan is particularly proud of a painting of the triple towered Minster across the rooftops in York which was presented to the Duke and Duchess of York in 1986. Other commissions include paintings and prints for Coronation Street commissioned by Granada TV. Alan continues to fulfil many other commissions and is happy to accept a challenge.
The Yorkshire Dales will always be a favourite for Alan to paint. Many paintings have been completed but many more are just waiting to be done. Even as Alan moves rather reluctantly into semi-retirement he says, 'I live through my art as my art lives through me, and there is always something left to paint.'
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