A few weeks ago, somebody remarked that my work reminded him very much of the work of Grandma Moses. I knew almost nothing about her, but when I went looking for her, here, I saw that he was right.
Then, last night on one of those television antique shows, there was a painting by Fred Yates. And once again, somebody said 'ooh - that's your kind of work!' You can see some of Fred Yates's wonderful pictures here and make up your mind whether I'm the new Grandma Moses, the new Fred Yates, or something else entirely!
What would you call my style of painting? Naive? Outsider? Folk? I'm never very sure. I paint what I see, or do I? Perhaps I paint what I feel. I know that the way I paint, see, feel seems to be nothing at all like the way other people see, feel and paint. I'll never paint a still life, seldom will I paint a landscape but when I do, it always seems to involve some vivid and rather disturbing elements. Sometimes I feel I'm illustrating something - but what? Often I'm not. I'm just creating colour, light, people in a certain setting - telling a story.
I'm invariably telling a story.
We'll be blogging from time to time about Alan's work, what he's working on and what's for sale. Watch this space for news of forthcoming exhibitions too!