Firstly, thanks so much for taking the time to check out my work! I’m Allan and I am an International selling British artist working from my studio in Scotland. I do not conform to working in one style of art. The genre of artwork is wide-ranging from original abstract paintings to upcycled metal wall art and much more in between. I am probably best known for my recycled custom aluminum artworks which originate from aluminum drink cans. They are collected worldwide.
Making my unusual metal wall art
The making of my aluminum artworks began over 7 years ago as a way to use what I was throwing away and to further explore the perception of what beauty is. As you interact with and stand in front of a piece of my recycled wall art, you catch glimpses of your own reflection. I hope this will inspire a fresh point of view within yourself on what waste is and the possibilities around what we define as beauty or not. I am proud of being a recycled art artist and hope it can inspire others to think about how we can reuse materials.
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I’m a deep-thinking and emotive kinda person, wearing my heart on my sleeve. Inspiration to create artworks doesn’t come from one single place. Growing up I spent a lot of time with my granda who was well ahead of his time. For example, he would pick up old bikes and upcycle them into other things so I learned a lot from him and I think this inspired my thinking at a young age. I have a wild creative imagination and always have done. I am able to transfer what I am feeling onto the canvas that I am painting.
I have also make contemporary abstract paintings
The younger years of a british artist
I was considered a promising art student in school but sadly I was bullied in art class. The weak teachers would escape the chaotic and wildly disruptive environment themselves during lessons so I quickly realized it wasn’t going to get any better so I stopped going altogether. Instead, I would spend so much of my high school years playing truant, walking the local streets and towns with no money. I would walk around in all weathers wishing the nightmare over and daydreaming of better times ahead. I always was a free spirit who hated being caged by the structures of the hopeless schooling system.
Teachers often told me that I was a waste of space for not attending school and that I would amount to nothing and enjoyed humiliating me. It was just stressful and really dampened my spirit at the time! High school psychologically scarred me in many ways. This also gave me the desire to succeed and do the things I love regardless of what anyone says. Being different and unique is not a bad thing.
I have worked in various jobs including plumbing, truck driving, construction, and for a musical instrument maker. I also set up and ran an animal rescue transport non-profit. During work breaks, I used to make up characters and sketch portraits on any free paper I could find with ballpoint pens for hours on end. It wasn’t until a few years after this that I bought some acrylic paint and started creating animal portraits and this relight the art fires within me. the rest is history as they say.
I have worked many jobs in my life but I have managed to avoid falling into the trap of doing something I hate for too long. I have sold Artworks In the UK, Europe, USA, and Australia so far and this is just the start!