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Alan Brain

Visual artist
An English artist who uses colour and space with symbolism to express emotion. His individualism and refusal to conform sets his work apart. Every painting is unique and abstract. A very different kind of contemporary UK artist.An art teacher who helps artists of all levels to get heart into their art – to express their own personality and become truly expressive painters.
I discovered painting over twenty years ago when I attended a watercolour class with some friends.
It led to a change of direction that I have never regretted. Today, painting is my passion. I find inspiration from within myself and my artwork is driven by my life’s experiences.
Such as flying… as a pilot the sky and the weather with its ever changing moods fascinates me, as does the vast open space and amazing colours. The sense of quiet calmness that can be felt in a large building or in a wide flat open area pleases me – obviously this comes from too much time spent in hangers and airfields!
Escaping from the stress of the office… I ran a demanding business for some years and learnt to value the time I could spend alone. Time to think, consider and just be. This love of quietness, solitude, is probably within all my artwork but this is tempered with something else, I am not sure what it is but it is something to do with that threat to my quiet time. I must keep looking.
There is more to do! That “certain feeling” which I have captured only in part, drives me to explore, to seek it out and to express it in paint if I can. The challenge is irresistible. That is why I paint. It has taken over from flying and my business world. and I love it!
(they call me a contemporary UK artist, not sure why. I guess it is because I am alive and from England 🙂 I just paint paintings – my way)