about Alan Brain


contemporary  artist and art teacher

An English artist who uses colour and space with symbolism to express emotion. His individualism and refusal to conform sets his work apart.

An art teacher who helps artists of all levels to get heart into their art - to express their own personality and become truly expressive painters.  

I discovered painting over twenty years ago when I attended a watercolour class with some friends.

It led to a change of direction that I have never regretted. Today, painting is my passion. I find inspiration from within myself and my artwork is driven by my life’s experiences.

Such as flying... as a pilot the sky and the weather with its ever changing moods fascinates me, as does the vast open space and amazing colours. The sense of quiet calmness that can be felt in a large building or in a wide flat open area pleases me – obviously this comes from too much time spent in hangers and airfields!

Escaping from the stress of the office... I ran a demanding business for some years and learnt to value the time I could spend alone. Time to think, consider and just be. This love of quietness, solitude, is probably within all my artwork but this is tempered with something else, I am not sure what it is but it is something to do with that threat to my quiet time. I must keep looking.

There is more to do! That "certain feeling" which I have captured only in part, drives me to explore, to seek it out and to express it in paint if I can. The challenge is irresistible. That is why I paint. It has taken over from flying and my business world.

and I love it!

Creator of Visible Feelings

My paintings are "visible feelings" along my journey of self-discovery. They express the passions which have moulded me into who I am. It is an exciting and sometimes disturbing journey, that's okay in fact

it's brilliant!

some examples of my work...

minimal watercolour painting by alan brain art - elegance

minimal watercolour painting – elegance

Original Minimalist Painting   a geometric influence is evident in this painting but minimalism is the stronger element. watercolour is a wonderful medium for artists...
Quiet calm contemporary art - Lonesome Town

abstract desert art – lonesome town

geometric paintings For Sale   Driving towards Winslow Arizona listening to the Eagles filled me with expectations of a buzzing place. it was a Lonesome Town with an almost...
exciting geometric art - target

exciting geometric art – Target!

geometric paintings For Sale   Geometry in painting can be a powerful tool and is used here in this abstract aviation art. The sensation of flying close to other aircraft is...
minimal artwork in watercolour - remember Skip

Minimal Artwork – Remember Skip

And then this painting emerged. Skip, my mentor stopped me adding any more. It is what I have been trying to do ever since.

world war one art Flanders by Alan Brain

world war one art – Flanders, a soldier’s journey

Contemporary War Paintings   Soldiers in Flanders experienced many hardships as well as death. This world war one art attempts to capture a soldier's feelings at the start...
minimal expressionism - interactionss

minimal expressionism in watercolour – interactions

Original Minimalist Painting   Paintings can be described in many ways and this is an example of minimalism. This piece of art is in watercolour. Rectangular shapes are not...
surreal art about polluting our planet

art about polluting our planet – carbon footprint

We are polluting the planet and endangering our very existence. That is the message from climate experts and well respected people such as David Attenborough. Many do not want to...
beautiful geometric -minimalism-paintings-Away-38x36-0818

geometric art with a minimal touch – away!

Original Minimalist Painting   Geometry in art has existed since art began but we tend to look at it as a modern phenomenon, perhaps that is because we live in a geometric...
contemporary war paintings

haunting painting – Facing Death

oh my this one is scary!
But it was exhibited with the American Watercolor Society

Art Teacher with a Difference

I have been to many art courses and learnt how to paint. I heard very little about finding what to paint and how to find your own way. That vital ingredient is what I base my tuition on - it's how to...

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Alan Brain is a contemporary abstract artist and art teacher working in Highcliffe, Dorset England. He creates  "that certain feeling" in his work that cannot be articulated with words. His artwork has been recognised globally in USA, Canada, France, Mexico and in the UK. The American Watercolor Society, Canadian Society and the Royal Watercolour Society have exhibited his paintings. Other individual shows have been at The Mall and St. Pancras Galleries in London.

Alan is an art teacher and runs his workshops called Painting with Feeling from his studio. One to one tuition is available there.