Alan Connell is an award winning contemporary Scottish artist based in North Berwick working mainly in chalk pastels and gouache paint.
The starting point of many of my pictures is an object such as an old toy, an image of a favourite painting or a particular building. This forms the focal point of an artwork in which I try to create a narrative, either historical based on the object or building or imagined.
My images have a surreal edge influenced by artists such as Giorgio de Chirico and Edward Hopper.
Many of my small works are created using gouache paint. In my large pictures I use charcoal and soft chalk pastels. The charcoal is used to create a tonal under-drawing and I then build up the colour over this using the chalk pastels.