Born in Portsmouth, Alan Stephens trained as an electronics engineer, and took up painting as a hobby in 1974. In 1990, after 25 years with the BBC, he started painting full time, and has had a regular stream of commissions for his work, which are mainly portraits, although any subject is undertaken. His landscapes are usually local views around his home in St Andrews, and he mainly uses oils, but occasionally, pastel or acrylic, depending on the size of the painting and the subject matter.
His work is represented in private collections around the world.
Alan has been a demonstrator at the Art Materials Exhibition at the Design Centre, Islington London, a tutor at the local Adult Education Centres in Oxfordshire, and a tutor with the St Andrews Art Club.
Alan has won many prizes throughout his career. He was a runner-up in the 1992 national competition for acrylic paintings, organised by the Liquitex Company, and has won the Presidents Prize at the St Andrews Art Club Summer exhibition in 2007, 2008 and again in 2011 (runner up in 2013 and 2014), for the most votes by the general public. In 2009 he won the Sybil Seath Prize. Winner of the Club's "Portrait Competition" 2006. Winner of the Club's "Oil painting" competition 2011. Winner of the Club's February competition 2016. Alan is a past President of the St Andrews Art Club, and an SAA Professional Associate.
Alan has demonstrated his painting techniques at many local Art Clubs in and around Fife.
Luciano Benetton for the Imago Mundi collection
Crail Golfing Society. (Portrait of Former Captain for 300th anniversary)
Gordonstoun School. (Portrait of Principal Mr Reid)
Liberal Jewish Synagogue, London. (Portraits of Former Presidents, Sir Peter Esmond Lazarus, and Maxwell Stern)
Community Centre, Blackbird Leys, Oxford. (Portrait of former President, Mr Jack Argent)
Noble Cooney & Baines, Advertising agency. (Portrait of Des Lynam)
Storm Fire Services, Oxford
Bennett Gibbsons Partnership
Portrait of Don Williams, US Country and Western Singer (For the Fan Club, and presented to Mr Williams)
Yuri Shamar ( First vice-president - KNGK Group investment and engineering holding) (nine commissions)
RAF Brize Norton. (Painting of fleet of VC10 aircraft for Retiring Senior Officer)
Many Private Commissions.
Exhibitions and Galleries include:
Borlase Gallery, Blewbury, Oxfordshire
ATE Gallery Woodstock
County Museum, Woodstock
Crystal Palace, London
Boardwalk Framing and Gallery, Kidlington
Many Group exhibitions around Oxfordshire
18 east gallery, Rothesay, Isle of Bute.
Abingdon Gallery and Gift Centre.
Birchwood Cottage Gallery, St Andrews
Art Club Galleries, St Andrews
Pittenweem Arts Festival
St Andrews Art Club Group Exhibitions
Open Studios North Fife
Bute Gallery, Rothesay, Bute