Printing Wood Work
Initially Allan commenced woodcarving in 1971, making wooden bowls and platters, then diversified into bone carving, chair making and relief sculpture. In 1987 he began wood engraving on end grain Kauri blocks using hand held gravers, printing on Arches 88 paper with a screw press. He then started multiblock engravings to take the monochrome element of light into the spectrums of colour.
Present themes are the sculptural forms of two Northland coastlines lying on their planes of light and water, the texture of the bush, remnant volcanic rock forms, the flow of wind over the sky and skeletal structures in involuntary motion.
Alongside his other work, he enjoys trying his hand at various other forms of creative art. The World of Wearable Art – WOW is one form of this. He has taken part in several WOW shows and greatly enjoyed creating the costumes.
Click on the images below to see enlargements of Alan's work and scroll through the slideshow.