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Alan McGowan- Expressive Life Painting

Alan will be talking about how his work has developed over the years and its relationship to life drawing.

Based in Scotland, Alan is a respected painter of portraits and life studies. His paintings have featured at many exhibitions of contemporary art including the Scottish Portrait Awards 2017, the BP portrait exhibition at the National Gallery 2015 and he was a semi-finalist in the Sky Portrait Artist of the Year in 2014

Alan McGowan was born in 1964 in Glasgow and studied for his degree at Edinburgh College of Art. Working always from life, his paintings explore the tension between the inherent elusiveness of the world and our attempts to hold on to it. Seeing language itself as a vehicle for these attempts the language of paint – colour, tone, runniness, translucency, opacity, line etc become a second subject in tandem with the model, a parallel terrain. 

Alan also teaches figure drawing, painting and anatomy for artists and has taught at the Royal Academy in London, The National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh College of Art, and many other establishments. In 2012 he published a book of drawings “The Language of the Body” and In 2017 he published "Unstill Life.