Portrait painting

Portrait painting

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The figure is central to Alan Dedman’s work as an artist. His portrait painting developed naturally in relation to life drawing. At the Royal Academy Schools it was mandatory to work from the figure. Alan prefers to paint from observation but frequently has to use photo reference. As a student he studied the original documents of the French chemist, Chevreul. Alan’s use of colour is masterful, his work is infused with rich chromatic intensity and fine draftsmanship. Alan strives to bring out the character in people who sit for him.  If you would like to commission Alan Dedman to paint your portrait or anyone else’s, Read More ...
The Nude

The Nude

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A recurrent theme in Art – the nude continues to preoccupy Alan Dedman. Beauty personified by the naked eye surpasses Photo-shopping. At St. Martin’s School of Art, Alan read the collected works of C.G Jung amongst other significant texts. Dedman believes a female muse can represent the anima/animus, particularly for the (male) artistic psyche; by acknowledging this aspect of themselves through the process of artistic willing and creation – artists bring balance to the World. Alan Dedman received a Classical training at the Royal Academy Schools – Europe’s only three year post-graduate course in Fine Art. It was compulsory for students to draw from life Read More ...
Drawing

Drawing

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British Art Schools have always emphasised drawing though it has fallen out of vogue during the post-modern era. Alan Dedman was taught by a succession of graduates from the Royal Academy Schools including Anne Roberts, Nicholas Ward and Eric Luke. When Alan was a student, the drawing master was Norman Blamey RA. Blamey’s paintings (see ‘Self-portrait with decoy duck’ in the Tate Gallery collection), were made using a palette knife and masking tape only. The approach Blamey took was distinctly ‘Old Master’; his genial (rather dry) style has since been replaced by Tracey Emin. A Classical training is the springboard against which Alan’s work is Read More ...
Alternative Art

Alternative Art

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Alternative Art by Alan Dedman consists of: assemblages, drawings on stone (limestone and granite), collages, automatic drawings, thermal drawings (drawings made on heat sensitive material), prints and paintings. This aspect of his ouvre is about play, experiment, experiential learning, sensuality and the absurd. It complements his figurative work and has come about in relation to the strict, dry, discipline of academic drawing. Seeing the potential form in things is natural to the work of artists. Alan’s drift-wood Duck was formed on a beach and later established against a back-drop of Not watercolour paper. The simplicity of the work demonstrates his creative skill and intelligence. Duck Read More ...