Alan Stratford

My life as an artist really began when in 2002 I moved to Somerset from London, following an 18 year career in graphic design. I continued the design work until 2013 when I got out of the graphics industry and opened my own art gallery in Wells – but my real passion has always been painting.

So, in 2017 after selling the gallery I made the move to Cornwall to paint fulltime. Inspired by the beauty of the Cornish landscape and the everchanging drama of the sea and sky, I endeavour to create works which are both ‘evocative and atmospheric’.

In 2009 I was lucky enough to win the ‘Artist of the Year’ award sponsored by Artists and Illustrators magazine for my painting entitled ‘That Certain Smile’. The painting of a young woman was a complete departure from my usual semi-abstract landscapes and has led to numerous commissioned portraits of not only people but also horses.

I love to explore new subject matters and painting styles, either figurative or abstract, continually striving for the perfect balance of aesthetic appeal and artistic merit.

Representative Work

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