Renowned Cumbrian artist exhibits retrospective at university gallery

Renowned Cumbrian artist exhibits retrospective at university gallery

A celebrated Cumbrian-based artist is bringing a retrospective of his work to the University of Cumbria’s Vallum Gallery this week.

Alan Stones, a Penrith-based multi-disciplinary artist will exhibit selected drawings from his back catalogue spanning 48 years.

‘Drawings by Alan Stones’ features Alan’s drawings from almost 50 years of being an artist: “I love drawing and it is central to all that I do as a painter and printmaker. This exhibition at Vallum Gallery is an exciting opportunity for me to bring together many key works from across my career.”

Alan employs a variety of techniques and styles but is best-known for his minimal black and white lithographs of Cumbria as well as, in stark contrast, his oil paintings and prints documenting hill farming.

Local art gallery, Edwin Talbot, said that Alan has “amassed a phenomenal body of work” since graduating from St Martin’s School of Art, London in the early 70s. “Alan’s styles and techniques have evolved and altered and moved considerably and it is clear and gratifying to see that he will never tire in the search to pursue his craft as different inspirations take hold”.

“It is a great accomplishment for the university to have such a prolific and commercially successful artist exhibit at our gallery,” said Laura Baxter, Curator of the Vallum Gallery. “By hosting this exhibition, it demonstrates to our students that they don’t have to stick with one style, they can experiment and develop according to their interests and creativity over time,” she said.

Born in Manchester in 1947, Alan graduated from St Martin’s School of Art, London in 1971. He became a self-employed artist living in Thetford, Norfolk for 10 years before moving to Penrith where he has lived ever since. Alan was made patron of ‘Printfest’ this year, an artist-led festival celebrating all things printmaking.

‘Drawings by Alan Stones’ exhibition runs from Tuesday 18 September until Friday 5 October 2018 at the Vallum Gallery, Brampton Road, Carlisle and is free for the public to attend on weekdays 10.00am – 4.00pm. 

A preview event is taking place on Thursday 20 September 5.30 – 8.00pm.