Alan Cotton

Cotton’s relationship with oil paint is the key to his now immediately recognisable and internationally sought-after work. His understanding of the medium's allure, challenges and caprices translate into assertively textured landscapes that join impasto with atmospheric perspective. Executed in high colour keys, these paintings retain a purity of pigment that is exceptionally difficult to retain in oil.

In 2005, he accompanied His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales to Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji as his Tour Artist. In 2009, he was nominated as an icon by the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Committee. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 2006 by the University of Exeter for his outstanding contribution to the arts and was later appointed Hon. Professor of Arts at the University of Bath.

Cotton was brought up in Redditch, Worcestershire and undertook his art studies at Ruskin Hall, Bournville School of Art, Birmingham College of Art, Birmingham University and at the U ...

Read More view works Follow

Exhibition Highlights

SELECTED SOLO SHOWS

Retrospective Exhibition: 'Contours in Colour', The Edge, University of Bath

City of Plymouth Art Gallery

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Exeter Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Nuffield Gallery, Southampton

view the full archive

Recent Press

Feast the Eyes

Exeter Life October 2015, November, 2015

A Royal Opening for Alan's Art Exhibition

Exmouth Journal 25.6.2015, November, 2015

Contours in oil paint

The Artist, Summer 2015, November, 2015

In Retrospective

International Artist July 2015, November, 2015

view the full archive

Collections

His Royal Highness,The Prince of Wales

Queen Mary II Commissioned by Cunard

City of Plymouth Art Gallery

Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter

National Collection of Paintings in Hospitals

University of Southampton

University of Exeter (6 paintings)

Royal Marine Commandos Lympstone

Kings Norton Conference Centre, Birmingham (13 paintings)

Carlton Westcountry Television

Alan Cotton's work is also in numerous private collections throughout the UK, Europe, Canada, the United States and South Africa.


Publications

Alan Cotton: From Donegal to the Southern Hemisphere

Studio Publications 2006
£15.00

Alan Cotton 'on a knife edge'

Halsgrove 2003
£29.95

Alan Cotton: Cotton on Canvas

Studio Publications 1994
£10.00

Alan Cotton: Provence

Studio Publications 1988
£10.00

Alan Cotton: Hartland, Ireland, Piemonte & Provence

Studio Publications 2010
£13.00

Alan Cotton - Giving Life a Shape

Halstar in association with Messum's 2010
£34.95

Alan Cotton - Giving Life a Shape - Limited Edition Print

Halstar in association with Messum's 2010
£125.00

Alan Cotton - The Series Paintings

Studio Publications 2011
£13.00

Alan Cotton - 2012

Studio Publications 2012
£13.00

Alan Cotton 2014

Studio Publications 2014
£15.00

Alan Cotton 2016 - on the road to Transylvania

Studio Publications 2016
£15.00



X

Exhibition Archive

SELECTED SOLO SHOWS

Retrospective Exhibition: 'Contours in Colour', The Edge, University of Bath

City of Plymouth Art Gallery

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Exeter Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Nuffield Gallery, Southampton

The Bournemouth Gallery, Hampshire

Stroud Art Gallery, Gloucestershire

The Brewhouse Theatre,Taunton

Otterton Mill Gallery, Devon

Canada Arts Gallery, Victoria, Canada

City Gallery, Dinan, Brittany, France

Hammer Galleries, New York, NY

Walker Galleries, Honiton and at Sidbury Mill

John Davies Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold

Falle Fine Art, Jersey

Lewis Elton Gallery, University of Surrey

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

Summer Exhibitions, Royal Academy, London

Royal West of England Academy

Royal British Society of Artists

Royal Birmingham Society of Artists

South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts

20th-Century British Painting Exhibitions, London

Waterman’s Fine Art

W. H. Patterson, London

'West Country Painting', Austin Desmond Gallery, Devon

'Charles Causley - A Tribute From the Artists', Tour: West Country and London

Bath, Chichester, Sidmouth and Honiton Festivals

'British Impressionists in Cornwall and Cornish Collections', Falmouth Art Gallery

'Afloat', Torre Abbey, Torquay, Devon

'Paragone: Sculpture or Painting', Gloss Gallery, Exeter

X

Press Archive

Feast the Eyes

Exeter Life October 2015, November, 2015

A Royal Opening for Alan's Art Exhibition

Exmouth Journal 25.6.2015, November, 2015

Contours in oil paint

The Artist, Summer 2015, November, 2015

In Retrospective

International Artist July 2015, November, 2015

A Life in Colour

Bath Life June 2015, November, 2015

Royal Opening for Alan Cotton

Sidmouth Herald 30.7.2015, November, 2015

Contours of Colour

Western Morning News 29.8.2015, November, 2015

Cork Street Galleries – George Kennethson at Redfern Gallery and Alan Cotton at Messum’s

Platform 505, September, 2014

Sophisticed Rustic

House and Garden Magazine, April, 2013

Everest beckons Colaton Raleigh artist Alan Cotton

Exmouth Journal, September, 2011

Colaton Raleigh artist delights in pre-show sales

Exmouth Journal, September, 2011

Messum's Fine Art Presents Alan Cotton's Palette Knife Landscapes

Art Knowledge News, September, 2011

What do artists-in-residence do?

BBC News website, August, 2011

Alan Cotton chosen as Everest expedition artist

Devon24, April, 2011

'Alan Cotton'

Express and Echo, September, 2008

'Alan Cotton'

Western Morning News, September, 2008

'Alan Cotton'

Sidmouth Herald, September, 2004

'Alan Cotton'

Exmouth Journal, September, 2004

'Alan Cotton'

Western Morning News, September, 2004

'Alan Cotton'

International Artist, April, 2004

'Alan Cotton'

Western Morning News, December, 2003

'Alan Cotton'

St Ives Times, November, 2003

'Alan Cotton'

The Cornishman, November, 2003

'Alan Cotton'

The Journal, September, 2003

'Alan Cotton'

Devon Life, September, 2003

'Alan Cotton'

Leisure Painter, April, 2001

'Alan Cotton'

Devon Life, April, 2001

'Alan Cotton'

Western Morning News, March, 2001

'Alan Cotton'

Devon Life, March, 2001

'Alan Cotton'

Living France, February, 2001

'Alan Cotton'

London Portrait, September, 1996