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Alan Hopwood initially trained as an engineer, before gaining a BA Hons Degree and a Masters in fine art. Following 12 years as a lecturer in Fine Art, Alan has returned to his primary passion of painting. As a disabled person, Alan’s work is often both governed and informed by his condition. Working as his mobility allows, on small or large pieces or using digital media and photography, Alan finds that, despite his limitations, he can nearly always find some creative activity to engage himself in. Alan uses his fluctuating condition as the subject for his work, he is drawn to subjects that reflected his mood, bringing this back into his studio to create works that use a more abstract language to express human emotion.
An introductory word from the Artist
9 February 2015
I use subjects direct from nature, such as weather and compositions in observational studies. These are very much in response to a time and place, with a sense of personal experience, captured and held in time, as a memory. In my larger studio works, I explore a more conceptual idea that comes from a combined sense of memory, emotion and perception. These collective influences are less connected to a specific event and therefore ideas are explored through more abstract...