Drawing in the European tradition is often used as research and study and as preparation for work in another medium usually painting or sculpture. In other traditions of visual arts such as in China drawing is considered the most important of all genre.
Alan “ I have always considered drawing important but I normally use it as a medium in its own right. The still life drawings enabled me to concentrate on minute detail and explore the textural potential and drama that can be visualized by a simple monochrome mark on paper The early landscape drawings were based on a location in the Vale of Glamorgan in particular concentrating on the theme of snow and winter At this time forms are simplified and structural patterns are more easily revealed, the chaos of nature is subdued, and more barren skeletal elements emerge. The later drawings attempt to incorporate the human figure into the landscape an idea explored further in collages and paintings.”