Alan Lees - Colourful, naive outsider art

Ae Spring - fine art print only £60
End of Shift - 30 x 30 inches - Acrylic on Stretched Canvas - £850
Willie's Dad - fine art print only £60
A Pipe, A Dream and an Ice-cream - 30 x 30 inches - Acrylic on Stretched Canvas - £850
St Mungo of Glasgow 30 x 30 inches - Acrylic on Stretched Canvas - £850


Alan Lees

For more than twenty years, Alan worked as a successful sculptor, mainly in wood. As one of Scotland's foremost woodcarvers, he tackled many subjects using all kinds of native hardwoods. One of his best loved works is 'Tam and Meg' - from the poem by Robert Burns - a life size carving specially commissioned for the Tam O'Shanter Experience in Alloway but now on display at the Heads of Ayr Farm Park.

However the onset of arthritis (an occupational hazard) was making his huge, trademark carvings increasingly demanding. Since most carvings begin with a sketch, and occasionally with a painting he has also spent many years painting and illustrating in oils and acrylics. More recently, he has been concentrating on charming and unusual Lowryesque works, often exploring the history of the traditional Scottish relationship with urban and rural settings, with seaside holidays and pastimes. These have been called 'naive' but this is not from any conscious effort on his part. A fellow artist has described them as a cross between 'Arthur Rackham and Indian Art.'

It is partly because of his sculptural background that he has been prompted to free himself to explore figures in a colourful landscape. Vivid colour fascinates him, as do figures moving and interacting within bright seascapes, city parks and so on. The potential for a kind of storytelling within the picture - what has happened before, what might occur after - also interests him enormously - all very different from wood sculpture. Prints and greetings cards are also available.

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Alan has exhibited at Ayr's Beresford Gallery. Studio visits may be arranged by appointment. He participates in the Ayrshire Open Studios event in spring.

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Alan is interested in depicting urban and rural images of Scotland and elsewhere, involving people going about their everyday lives. He loves to engage with the often hyper real colours of the Scottish landscape - something of a luxury for someone who spent many years working in wood. His paintings often involve movement and activities. They depict the ways in which people, adults and children, interact with their environment. He also prefers to create paintings which people may want to live with, works which tell a story and carry on telling it. His vibrant artworks have been called 'naive' and 'primitive' - his unique vision is certainly unclouded by formal art school training. Most of his work is also available in print form.

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