Alan Bourne was born and grew up in Surrey. Initially he studied
both art and music and later he studied for a degree at the
Guildhall School of Music and Drama. For 25 years he worked
as an orchestral musician and later taught at the Leeds College of Music
where he was appointed head of wind studies. He also undertook work as
an examiner for the Royal Schools of Music London. Throughout this period
he continued to paint but for the past 15 years he has reduced these
musical commitments significantly in order to pursue an artistic career.
He has exhibited widely in the South West and is currently a member of
the Plymouth Society of Artists. In 2012 he was first prize winner of
the South West Academy Lionel Aggett award.
The paintings mostly relate to landscape and still life but also reflect
altered states of mind when listening to a particular piece of music.
Although abstract, the work refers strongly to a sense of place, offering
brief references to trees, rivers and other features which define the
character and mood present. Although photographs and sketches are
important, the painting is rarely executed directly but developed later
in the studio where colour is used to reflect the essence and feeling
experienced at a given moment of time.
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