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An Artist Profile : Alan Press

Travelling throughout Australia would influence anybody, but when you have an artist's sensitivity for colour, light, texture those influences become heightened and find expression, as in Alan's case through decoupage and card designing Six years of formal art training has developed and refined Alan's unique technique and interpretation of design and colour.

Alan is a veteran of many exhibitions and awards, his work reflects his diverse background and experiences, is rich with textured backgrounds, exotic colours with oriental motifs a feature in some while other work tends to be influenced by Art Nouveau.

His decoupage style can best be described as eclectic, favouring Oriental and Art Nouveau. Designing decoupage pieces is his first love, followed by teaching, an activity Alan finds most rewarding, Card designing allows Alan opportunity for experimentation, using blender pens, embossing, chalk and the use of glaze pens on acetate.

Presently, Alan is working on a twelve inch bisque sphere,completely covered with washi paper predominantly navy blue and white colour, the defining element being a floral design edged cloisonné style with the finest of lines of gold.

The complete work is mounted on a black marble plinth base. This work is striking in colour and design, using a very complex technique.

In an advanced stage of planning is Alan's book on decoupage which will be a 'coffee table' edition, rich in decoupage images, with a bold sense of style.

It is with great anticipation that I look forward to this book which I am sure will encapsulate the exceptional artistry of this master decoupeur.

Vera Nolan
Member Decoupage Guild of Qld