Work Detail

 

Clearing (ii)  - made between 2009 and 2015 in charcoal, acrylic and sand and belongs to an on-going group of drawings and paintings with the title 'Clearing'. 

After art school (St. Martin's in London . . a long time ago!) I went to live in the middle of the huge forest at Thetford, Norfolk. I love all those conifers and, in 'Clearing' (ii), I am back amongst them. In the painting the scene is one of devastation and there is a brutality about this destruction though the cause. . . nature or man, is uncertain. Also uncertain is whether these trees are, like those at Thetford, part of a plantation. Fading into the background, like an old memory, is a watchtower though this structure seems much bigger than those constructed for controlling just deer.

I like the suggestion of a narrative in a painting . . . but I also like ambiguity. I wouldn't want a definitive interpretation. I want the imagination to be fired. 'Clearing' could refer to an open space within a forest, or to the physical act of clearing away, but also to the possibility of perceiving things more clearly - seeing things anew through changes in understanding . . or memory . . or just the weather.

The 'Clearing' pictures first came about in 2007. I began 'Clearing' (ii) a year or so later, after making a number of charcoal drawings. It too is in charcoal but also acrylic and is the product of lots of re-working. Consequently it has some thick encrusted parts playing off against more fluid areas. I want my paintings to hold some of the changes made during their creation and to work slowly on the viewer . . . gradually offering up more.

Private Collection

Exhibited:

2014   'Nature . . . and Man',  Brantwood, Cumbria

2015   C-Art Cumbria Artist of the Year and winner of The People's Choice Award, Rheged, Cumbria 

2015 - 2016.   The New Light Art Prize, The Bowes Museum; The Mercer Gallery, Harrogate; 2016 Panther and Hall, London

2017   'Clearing'  - a solo exhibition at Upfront, Cumbria

2018.  'Drawings by Alan Stones'  - a solo exhibition at Vallum Gallery, University of Cumbria, Carlisle