Born Belfast 1950. On leaving school trained as a picture framer and restorer. Moved to London and spent a short time at Hammer Studios training as a make-up artist. Returned to Northern Ireland and being an accomplished musician played in many top show bands in the late 60s and early 70s he continued to paint and develop his style during these years but had no formal training, however after a chance meeting in Belfast with the late and renowned Irish artist Dan O’Neill he began a career in art.
Over the years Alan has developed the style Dan O’Neill taught him. His paintings captivate Ireland’s romantic past with its characters and landscape beautifully portrayed in vibrant colours he is very much relaxed in this style and has had more than a measure of success in it. Over the years Alan has exhibited throughout Northern Ireland and Dublin and his works have been sold and are in private collections worldwide. Oher commissions include musician, Chris Rea, Cricketer, Ian Botham, and other snooker legends including Jimmy White and Steve Davis. One of his most recent commissions of sporting personalities was former champion jockey Sir Antony ‘AP’ McCoy.
More recently Alan has been commissioned by Jill and Rick Stein to produce a work for their restaurants in Padstow, Cornwall, Winchester and Sandbanks in Poole, Dorset. Closer to home his monumental life size painting of the late Alex Higgins is currently hanging in Belfast’s Merchant Hotel where it continues to attract much attention from a worldwide audience which is continually passing through this acclaimed establishment. Other works hang in the hotel and in other establishments run by the Beannchor Group.
He is currently working on a further large commission for a new hotel being completed by the group which he hopes will be completed within the next few months.