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.
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, and was a tutor at the local Adult Education Centres in Oxfordshire, and is a former tutor with the St Andrews Art Club. He also gives demonstration and workshops to Art Clubs around Fife.
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 three times, (runner up twice), for the most votes by the general public. Alan is a past President of the St Andrews Art Club.
Gordonstoun School. Official portrait of the principal.
Crail Golfing Society. (Portrait of Former Captain for 300th anniversary).
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.
Don Williams, 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 VC10's for Retiring Senior Officer).
Many Private Commissions.
Exhibitions and Galleries include:
Pittenweem Arts Festival
Bute Gallery, Rothesay, Isle of Bute
Borlase Gallery, Blewbury, Oxfordshire
18 east gallery, Rothesay, Isle of Bute.
County Museum, Woodstock
ATE Gallery Woodstock
Alexandra Palace, London
Boardwalk Framing and Gallery, Kidlington
Abingdon Gallery and Gift Centre.
Art Club Galleries, St Andrews
Many Group Exhibitions around Oxfordshire
St Andrews Art Club Group Exhibitions