Alan McGowan (b 1962) works directly from life with a magnificent command of anatomy, draughtsmanship and paint handling. His understanding of the human figure goes far deeper into the collective psyche. McGowan’s paintings explore how the creative process reflects humanity. Most recently he has brought this experience and insight into new works in sculpture.


“Art is prefaced by hunger; it moves to meet a feeling inside. If the shallow world of advertising images, game shows and facile materialism was enough then we wouldn’t need art. But it isn’t and we do. The arts allow us to connect outside of ourselves to a larger reality. In my case through the works of Rubens, Leonardo, Bacon and Freud. It also, paradoxically, connects us inwards, towards our internal life.” Alan McGowan

Based in Edinburgh, Alan McGowan trained at Edinburgh College of Art. He has exhibited widely in the UK, Europe, the USA and South Korea. His work has featured at many national exhibitions of Contemporary Figurative Art including the Scottish Portrait Awards (2017), the BP Portrait exhibition, the Threadneedle Prize.