artist: alan cotton

Alan Cotton's use of colour is wonderful and has brought him a great deal of praise and sales. He is  represented by Messum's  gallery in London and we here at blondes are particularly fond of, and regularly stock his work from the 1970's.

Alan Cotton is one of Britain's most distinguished Landscape Painters. Cotton was brought up in Worcestershire and undertook his art studies at Ruskin Hall, Bournville School of Art, Birmingham College of Art, Birmingham University and at the University of Exeter. 

Cotton’s relationship with oil paint is the key to his now immediately recognisable and internationally sought-after work. His understanding of the medium's allure, challenges and caprices translate into assertively textured landscapes that join impasto with atmospheric perspective. Executed in high colour keys, these paintings retain a purity of pigment that is exceptionally difficult to retain in oil.

In 2005, he accompanied His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales to Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji as his Tour Artist. In 2009, he was nominated as an icon by the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Committee. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 2006 by the University of Exeter for his outstanding contribution to the arts and was later appointed Hon. Professor of Arts at the University of Bath.