Lewis Allan

Glasgow School of Art
Jordanhill College of Education


MacLellan Galleries, Glasgow
Royal Glasgow Institute
Grundy House Museum, Blackpool
Watercolour Society of Wales
Newport Museum & Art Gallery
The Welsh Group
National Museum of Wales
Beverley Arts Centre, Chicago



My work is figurative and expressive in intention, yet based on the post-impressionist contention that
"a picture is essentially a flat surface covered with colours in a certain order" . With this conviction I left Glasgow School of Art to divide my career between teaching and the practice of painting.
Over 50 years in changing circumstances in a changing world, I learned otherwise.
Firstly i learned that memory and imagination are often as creatively effective as direct visual inspiration; secondly that in reality much is detemined by professional commitments. The opportunity for example, to produce a substantial mural (36' x 4')
featured in 'Scottish Review' July 1955 ; BBC sprang from a Lanarkshire Adult Education Project that dominated the previous year. And similar sacrifices followed in the late 50's with a Lyle & Scott design consultancy involvment as a devisor and designer of
a Border Pageant on the ramparts of Jedburgh Abbey
In one form or another such diversions were punctuate
and influenced mt progress as a painter until my retirement in 1986.

''The Blue Horses in the Hayes'

'Appalachian Spring'

'After the Game'


'Icon of the Millenium'

'Alan Stewart - Sea Diver'

'Sunrise - Barry Docks'

'Night Visitor'