Alan Cotton is one of Britain’s most distinguished landscape painters, whose work is held in public and private collections worldwide. His distinctive paintings are laid onto canvas with painting knives using rich impasto pigments. This retrospective exhibition of his paintings spans over 40 years.
The exhibition comes to RAMM following its opening at the new Centre for the Arts at the University of Bath. In 2006, The University of Exeter awarded Alan an Honorary Doctorate for his ‘outstanding contribution to the Arts’, and in 2011 he was appointed Honorary Professor for the Arts at the University of Bath. He is President Emeritus and a founding member of the South West Academy. Alan has accompanied HRH the Prince of Wales as Tour Artist to Sri Lanka, Fiji, Australia and New Zealand and travelled as Expedition Artist to Mount Everest with explorer David Hempleman-Adams.
"As a child and a young man I was deeply affected by those paintings I saw, where images were conveyed with a sensuous use of paint and the physical surface of the work had the power to excite. As a student and when I first painted on my own I began to experiment by using pigment in quantity, and to explore it’s potential for making a huge variety of textures and marks and allowing me to convey my feelings about landscape. It was then that I took to using painting knives." - Alan Cotton
He is represented internationally by Messum’s Fine Art, Cork Street, London.