Alan Coates

After retiring from a 35 year career in the NHS, Alan commenced an Art and Design Foundation Diploma gaining a distinction in 2015. The course consolidated his interest in printmaking, in particular etching and woodcut.

Artists that have influenced Alan include the etchers Julian Trevelyan and Anthony Gross and the woodcutters Frans Masereel and Eileen Cooper. Like these artists, Alan’s subject matter is predominantly people. He is attracted to old, anonymous photographs and utilises these in compositions. ‘I like to think that I have, in some way, acknowledged the existence of the forgotten men and women in these photographs and allowed them to have a presence in the present’.

As Alan becomes more experienced in printmaking, he wishes to extend his range of techniques and exploit the use of happy accidents – to become less controlled. In doing so, Alan hopes this will make the prints more interesting and less reliant on their subject matter.