Alan Stones studied Fine Art at St Martin`s School of Art, London 1967 - 71. Alan began making lithographs after winning an award in 1985 for the Gulbenkian Foundation to experiment in printmaking. A decade later after a three month residency in the vast open space of the Falkland Islands, his prints became much more minimal. Since then he has published a great many editions from his printmaking studio in the Eden Valley in the heart of Cumbria, and has exhibited widely, both throughout Britain and Europe.
"I work as a painter and printmaker and 'people' are at the heart of the things I make. I do depict 'nature' too, but this is likely to be nature either as a metaphor for human activities or nature very much affected by man. Much of my work falls into specific series, with the series itself being fundamental to an appreciation of individual pieces.
Looking back it is evident that there are on-going themes in my work and possibly the most constant of these is 'identity' or, more precisely, degrees of engagement we have with each other."