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Alan Hopwood initially trained as an engineer, before gaining a BA Hons Degree and a Masters in fine art. Following 12 years as a lecturer in Fine Art, Alan has returned to his primary passion of painting. As a disabled person, Alan’s work is often both governed and informed by his condition. Working as his mobility allows, on small or large pieces or using digital media and photography, Alan finds that, despite his limitations, he can nearly always find some creative activity to engage himself in. Alan uses his fluctuating condition as the subject for his work, he is drawn to subjects that reflected his mood, bringing this back into his studio to create works that use a more abstract language to express human emotion.

As the clouds lift over Glenderattera

11 June 2015


As the clouds lift over Glenderaterra

As I recover from another spell of immobility and days of migraines, I am reminded of the therapeutic nature of creativity. Even in its memory it helps to maintain some sense of worth and fulfilment, keeping the wolves of depression at bay. I have chosen to show a painting from a current project, one that enables me to travel, see beautiful countryside, take photos and ultimately paint. All of these activities are part of the creative journey that culminates in finished artwork, but more than...

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