Alan James McLeod’s abstract collages are inspired by the beauty and detail of the landscape, buildings and objects that surround him.
“My influences range from weathered effects created by the elements, to landscapes, planetary bodies, human bodies, and minds, and surface pattern making.
The works are created using hand painted papers, before being collaged together. Blending gouache, textiles and mixed media, Alan creates unique works of art which translate his subjects into beautiful, weathered and textured work on paper.
Alan was born in Falkirk, Stirlingshire, before moving to Edinburgh. He graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1990 with a BA (Hons) in Applied Design, winning a design award for furnishing textiles from the RSA.
Alan’s early career was chiefly in textile design, working with producers such as Monkwell, Warner Fabrics, John Lewis, Habitat, Zoffany and Sanderson Fabrics.
Currently based in Worthing, Sussex, Alan has increasingly turned to painting as an expression of the landscape and elements, which encompass him in his daily life.
“Painting provides an answer to a call from my surroundings. The wear caused by nature, from weathering of man-made and natural materials, reveals a multi-layered history.
Inspiration then becomes more cerebral. Documenting emotional responses to music and memory, celestial bodies and changes in the seasons.”