Craig Alan is one of the most popular American artists who was known for his extraordinary painting skills. Born in San Bernardino, CA in 1971, he was brought up in Atlanta and completed his studies from the University of Mobile in Alabama. In the university, he studied fine arts and set designs. In school time, he used to drive to New Orleans on the weekend to work as a street portraitist to earn money. Since then, his work was exhibited at several galleries across Europe and the United States. He worked vigorously to develop a unique style that blends different genres and styles.
Craigs loves to tell the story of standing on the condo balcony of his mother and looking down at the beach. He was quite surprised to see that people are looking for ant-sized and forming lips. From this visual silhouette, he created his popular ‘Populous’ series. After working hard on the size and scale, he created a perfect design using people that make up larger images. He designed people into many iconic images like Elvis, Audrey Hepburn, and Merilyn Monroe. He wanted people to look into the images and find themselves. Craig Alan’s creativity and thoughts make him one of the best artists. When he creates his originals, he uses his friends to format his images. This contemporary artist seems them from a second story whereas directing them in abstract and wide-ranging things like shaking hands, carrying an umbrella, strolling in a wheelchair, carrying a briefcase and pushing a stroller.
The earliest experimentation of Craig Alan took the form of street portraiture. This has helped him perfect his ability to replicate human figures. From abstract expressionism to graphic realism, and haunting, each one represents the unique vision of Craig Alan artist. His productive career is rising because of his artistic knowledge and keen artistic knowledge that can be seen in several of his private collections and exhibitions.
Meticulously crafted, all the paintings by Craig Alan feature swarms of people seen from an aerial perspective. However, they are too small to see their facial expressions, but the ant-like body arrangement forms large icons. These icons are unconventional portraits of celebrities along with homages to some greatest work of history. For instance, one of Craig Alan’s paintings features a group of people that forms a portrait of John Lennon. Another work was the composition akin to an M.C Escher landscape. In this painting, you will see that some people are carrying donning umbrellas, signs, or even dressed up related to the subject.
With several solo exhibitions in the United States and Europe, he has become an internationally acclaimed artist who has established himself in the industry of visual arts. Today, Craig Alan is recognized for his exceptional and contemporary artwork. His artwork can be found in some selective fine art galleries. Art Leaders Gallery is only a single gallery for Craig Alan paintings in Michigan. Undoubtedly, with his unique talent, he is one of the best artists the world possesses.
Craig Alan, artist and world-renowned painter was born in San Bernardino, California in 1971. At a young age, his family relocated to New Orleans, Louisiana, a city rich with culture and art. Craig was drawn to art at a young age. His first creations being Crayola art exhibits on the walls of his parents Louisiana home. It was clear early on that Craig had an artistic gift and had the capacity for deeply detailed visual interpretation.
Craig Alan continued to follow his passion for drawing through his schooling. In secondary school, he excelled in his drawing classes, which compelled him to pursue a formal art education. Upon graduating High School, Craig was accepted to the University of Mobile in Alabama, but it wasn’t until his sophomore year while taking a pottery class that he developed a deep desire to learn.
In Order to pay for school and art supplies, Alan would travel to New Orleans on weekends to sell portraits to passersby, where he would charge $15 for charcoal and $30 for watercolor. While these prices seem like nothing compared to his current success, this work helped him refine his skills and helped to develop his unique style for replicating the human figure.
During his time at the University of Mobile, Craig Alan received a minor in theater, which provided him with skills in makeup and set design. His passion for learning eventually earned him an area award for academic excellence. His art was also 1 out of 42 pieces of over 1600 submission to be featured in the University's most prestigious exhibition “Art with a Southern Drawl”.
Today Craig Alan is widely recognized as an innovator in the visual arts industry. His work can be found in more than 15 galleries throughout the US and more than 40 galleries throughout England and the rest of Europe. His art has become highly prized by many of the world's most prominent collectors and even has some of his work hanging in the U.S. Capitol building. Craig’s work has not only become well known throughout the world but has also inspired advertisements and media. He has established himself as one of the great expressionists of our time.
Craig Alan finds inspiration in everything that surrounds him. With a deep longing for knowledge, Craig learned a vast array of skills that he attributes to his appreciation of the human form and the beautifully vast world they live in. Having transitioned his style from “slow and studied” to “fast and free of precise thought” his collections range from abstract expressionism to graphics realism. Each painting is an expression of Craig’s own vision of the world. Craig's works have been vastly influenced by the works of Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and Piet Mondrian.
Craig Alan recalls a time when he first had the idea for his signature Populus series. He was standing on a balcony in Orange Beach, Alabama watching the attendants of a wedding that was taking place below. While observing he thought that the attendants formed the shape of an eye where they were standing. He was struck with the idea and began to question “what if” which gave him the idea for the iconic series. Now the series and this idea have been applied to several pop icons including Marilyn Monroe, Gandhi, Van Gough, Queen Elizabeth, and even Darth Vader from the iconic Star Wars Series.
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