Alan Stones: Drawn From Life
30 March – 16 June
Since graduating from St. Martin’s School of Art, London in 1971 Cumbria based Alan Stones has worked full-time as an artist making paintings and original lithographs, with drawing at the heart of all that he does. This collection spans across Alan’s artistic career, and primarily features works in oil, lithograph print and charcoal.
In this, my third in a trio of recent solo exhibitions in Cumbria, I have brought together a collection of drawings and paintings which are, essentially, observations of people’s lives.
The exhibition begins with charcoal drawings and colour lithographs, all from the 1980’s, and focuses on people at work – in a bakery and on Cumbrian farms. These are substantial works each evolving from lots of studies.
Following on from these I wanted to bring the exhibition up to date with a small group of more recent works. At the heart of all are people going about their lives.
By contrast, the final section of this exhibition is made up of works which have all been made directly from life. These are more domestic in both subject and scale, often made in a single session, and each one a direct observation of the person or object in front of me.Alan Stones, 2019
The exhibition is included with admission to the Beacon Museum. Selected works will be available for purchase not on display as part of the exhibition. The Copeland Pass is not applicable during this exhibition.