Covering the Goulburn and Murray valleys

'It just flows and is relaxing'

The first in a series of profiles about members of the Seymour and District Art Society.

April 9, 2014 3:03am

Tallarook artist Alan Brown in his studio.


Name: Alan Brown.

Lives: Tallarook.

Does it influence your art? Yes, there is an endless and diverse subject matter in the area.

Do you exhibit outside Mitchell Shire? Not often, there is enough opportunity to exhibit within the shire to satisfy my current output level.

Are you actively involved in the art community in this area? Yes, I was volunteered. The art scene, especially in Seymour, has recently become very progressive in an effort to take the visual arts to the general public. This is something I personally enjoy being involved in.

Is it helpful to your work? Yes, it pushes one to achieve an output for the various exhibitions and shows which also challenges one to experiment with different methods, mediums and influences from other artists.

Why do you do art/photography: is it self expression, self fulfilment, competition with others, income? All of these apart from competition, which is certainly not a motivation. Income is a bonus and can only be a driving reason to cover costs to enable ongoing production of a love of creating the art.

How long have you been painting/photographing? Since infant school (United Kingdom) and saying when would be giving my age away.

Why? Because I enjoyed drawing and was told I was good at it.

Formal or informal study: Three night school lessons at Eltham (UK) paid for and transported by my works foreman at the time. A very unusual character. It was life study and the art teacher’s name is forgettable. I stopped going when I realised I would end up a clone.

First work sold: Commercial drawings for a brother’s mate who was in commercial advertising in the UK aged 16. A lucrative form of untaxed pocket money. Further work for RAC UK, Chrysler UK, and numerous small businesses.

How did you feel? Warm and rich.

Thrown away works: Not thrown away, given to family and friends on special occasions. Recently thrown away in a fire sale to clear out loads of old works for space.

How did you feel? Fresh and uncluttered.

Preferred medium and why: Pen and ink/watercolour wash. Lends itself to architecture. I don’t have to think about it, it just flows and is mainly relaxing.

Have you tried other mediums? Yes, acrylics, oil and pastel. Oh, and oil crayon, but that’s a story in itself.

Preferred style and why: Realist/impressionism.

Have you tried other styles and why? Yes, abstract, to try and loosen my style.

What you prefer to paint/photograph and why: It’s more a case of what I do not prefer to paint. Portraits I find difficult and still life (floral) uninteresting.

Influences: Dad, the Heidelberg School (Streeton and Condor especially), Turner, Malcolm Carver, John Lovett, Alvaro Castagnet, ad infinitum.

Inspirations and aspirations: Other artists and their styles. For my art to be enjoyed by others, giving pleasure.

Frustrations and impediments: Watercolour and mediums I don’t seem to have time to get back to. Lack of time to do my art or other pursuits. I tend to get caught up in the organisation and running of the areas of interests. The difficulty of saying ‘no’.

Future directions: To increase my talents, give the opportunity for others to enjoy the passion for art, to give my best in everything I attempt to involve myself in and enjoy the rest of my life.

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