Alan McGowan

Alan studied at Edinburgh College of Art and Newcastle Polytechnic, and has taught drawing and anatomy for over twenty years in places such as The Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin, Edinburgh College of Art, Bristol School of Drawing and Leith School of Art. His work has been exhibited at the BP Portrait Award, the Threadneedle Prize, the Society of Portrait Sculptors exhibition and he was a semi-finalist for Sky Portrait Artist of the Year 2014. Alistair was winner of the Wood Award (Visual Arts Scotland), the Bowie Award for Painting, and the Powderhall Foundry Award for Sculpture 2015.

Describe your approach to teaching:

I believe that understanding our craft can make us more liberated as artists and my approach to teaching is to try to inform people, through discussion and demonstration, to enable them to release their own creativity.

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