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14. Alex Allan

A Sheer Drop Off

Estimate: £1,800-2,800

Signed (on the reverse)
Household paint and plaster on plywood 
124 x 124 cm.
Painted in 2018

A Sheer Drop Off explores the application of paint. The Glasgow based artist, Alex Allan, builds up multiple layers of paint and plaster and then draws back on the work to sculpt out the final image. As opposed to the finished painting being made up of the ultimate administration of paint, the surface is instead meticulously sanded back to reveal the shapes and forms that were initially applied by the plaster and the underlying layers of colour.

Alongside his focus on current art practices and an in depth appreciation of sculpture and its traditions, the Glasgow based sculptor, Alex Allan absorbs research material from experiencing the environment around him. That is to say his identity as an artist is constructed not only through his engagement with the 'art world', but by his observance and understanding of the physical realities of urban life at this point in history.

Historical themes of political power, civic identity and town planning are examined through a contemporary lens of the artist where elements of research and play coexist. These themes are inherent in his work and are amplified to bring a deeper meaning from his sculpture, sculpture that on the surface looks quite simple. Overall his output as an artist seems to talk not only to the city outside but to react to, and challenge, the monumental traditions of both Ancient and Modern Sculpture and the themes they have addressed throughout history. 

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Saatchi Gallery, London, SW3 4RY