about Alan Brain


contemporary  UK artist

An internationally recognised English artist who uses colour and space with symbolism to express emotion. His individualism and refusal to conform sets his work apart. Every painting is unique and abstract. A very different kind of contemporary UK artist.

Work held by buyers and collectors around the world including USA 🇺🇸 Canada 🇨🇦 Australia 🇦🇺 India 🇮🇳 Anguilla 🇦🇮 Germany 🇩🇪 ireland 🇮🇪 and Portugal 🇵🇹

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!


(they call me a contemporary UK artist, not sure why. I guess it is because I am alive and from England 🙂 I just paint paintings - my way) 

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!

My work is very different to the expectations of an English artist, traditional watercolours are not what I do. But I do use watercolour strongly to bring out the colours.

Here are some examples of my work...

abstracted male figure painting- fly boy

abstracted male figure painting – Fly Boy

Abstract Figure Paintings   This abstracted male figure painting is one of a series that is painted in a minimal way. Only the background is painted apart from the face on...
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...
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...
simple artwork - less is more - awakening II

simple artwork – less is more – Awakening II

Original Minimalist Painting   Here is an apparently simple painting, two large rectangles and a short upright. The artist had to work hard to exclude anything that could...
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 abstract painting called shades

abstract painting for sale – shades

Original Minimalist Painting   Here is a minimal abstract painting which uses a lot of muted colours with a little pure colour - all are watercolour.  Minimalism is...
yellow minimal painting - consider

yellow minimal painting

Original Minimalist Painting   A yellow minimal painting with a blue bar through it that looks simple but look carefully and you will see interesting things within the...
Serene Minimal Paintings

Serene Minimal Paintings – A Little and a Lot

Original Minimalist Painting   Serene Minimal Paintings are not easy to make but truly worthwhile. Leaving out anything that detracts from the feeling of serenity (in this...

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.

I am a member of Bournemouth Arts Club and Dorset Visual Artists, both offer opportunities to view art in Dorset

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