Approved: 16.08.2006

Alan Stones


Approved: 16.08.2006

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.

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  • Location: Blencarn, Penrith, Cumbria, North West
  • Activities: Studio practice
  • Categories: Drawing, Painting, Printmaking
  • Tags: People, Narrative, Environment, Interactions, Identity, Metaphor, Series, Institutions, Incident, Connections




    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.

    CV & Education


    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 the work and possibly the most constant of these is 'identity' or, more precisely, degrees of engagement we have with each other. My work in the 1970's focused on anonymity in society: for example, 'A Search for the Man in the Street' - a card index consisting of drawings, photographs and texts which was a meditation on life on a London overspill housing estate in Norfolk. In the intervening years 'intimacy' is more evident, as in my self-portraits, and a desire for empathy is behind a work like 'Collateral'.

    Back in 1985 I began making lithographs after winning an award from the Gulbenkian Foundation to 'experiment in printmaking'. To start with most of my prints were made in response to hill farming on the Northern Pennines. Then, in the mid 1990's after a three month residency on the Falkland Islands, my prints became much more minimal. I feel sure that the vast open space of the Falkland Islands is somewhere behind these pictures, but then so too is the landscape of east Cumbria where I live and work: on overcast days the presence of Cross Fell diminishes and rooks and hawthorns appearing through the mist take on a great significance. The many thousands of thorn trees on the lower parts of the fell are truly wonderful in their great variety of shapes and sizes - some gnarled and bent by the elements and others with seemingly charmed lives. 

    Solo Exhibitions 

    2014 - 'Nature . . . . and Man', Severn Studio, Brantwood, Cumbria

    2012 - 2014 - Alan Stones' Lithographs, CREA, Penrith, Cumbria,

    2005 - Alan Stones' Lithographs, Chelsea Arts Club, London

    2001 - Exhibition, Galerie Sud, Leipzig, Germany

    2001 - Great Expectations, Borsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels e.V., Leipzig, Germany

    2000 - 2006 - Alan Stones at Rheged, Penrith, Cumbria

    2000 - Thorn, Gateshead Central Library

    1999 - Paintings, Drawings and Prints, Penrith Museum, Cumbria

    1996 - Alan Stones, Hartlepool Art Gallery

    1996 - Looking out from Within, Tullie House, Carlisle, Cumbria

    1995 - Touring Exhibition, Falkland Islands

    1994 - Oddfellow Gallery of Contemporary Art, Kendal, Cumbria

    1994 - Open House and Studio Week, Blencarn, Cumbria

    1993 - Eden And 50 Associated Studies, Penrith, Cumbria

    1987 - 2012  - Open Studio - one afternoon every week, Blencarn, Cumbria

    1986 - Fell Farm Labour, Carlisle Art Gallery and touring

    1985 - Abbot Hall, Kendal, Cumbria

    1985 - Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery

    1985 - Oldham Art Gallery

    1985 - Open Studio Week, Blencarn, Cumbria

    1985 - Work Land And Livestock, Peterborough and Touring

    Group exhibitions

    2016 - C-Art Cumbrian artist of the Year  Rheged, Penrith, Cumbria

    2015 & 2016  New Light Art Prize, The Bowes Museum County Durham, The Mercer Gallery Harrogate and Panter and Hall, London

    2015 - Winter Exhibition, Gavagan Art, Settle, N.Yorkshire

    2015 - C-Art Cumbrian Artist of the Year, Rheged, Penrith, Cumbria

    2014 - Printfest 2014, Ulverston, Cumbria

    2013 - Alan Stones and Rebecca Payn, Bellwood and Wright, Lancaster, Lancashire

    2013 - Alan Stones and Rebecca Payn, Castlegate House Gallery, Cockermouth, Cumbria

    2013 - C-Art @ Rheged, Rheged, Penrith, Cumbria

    2013 - The Threadneedle Prize, The Mall Galleries, London

    2013 - 'What is Drawing', Customs House Atrs Centre , South Shields, Tyne and Wear

    2012 - Alan Stones and Rebecca Payn, Connections and Differences, The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, Cumbria 

    2012 - C-Art @ Tullie, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle, Cumbria

    2012 - Das Kleine Format 2012, Blaues Haus, Diessen, Bavaria, Germany

    2012 - Winter Exhibition, Castlegate House Gallery, Cockermouth, Cumbria

    2011 - 'Bite - Artists Making Prints', Mall Galleries, London

    2011 - Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Competition, Kings Place Gallery, London

    2011 - 'Twelve', Rheged , Penrith, Cumbria

    2011 - Wrexham Print International, Oriel Wrecsam , Wrexham and touring

    2008 -  Connections and Differences,   Alan Stones and Rebecca Payn, Farfield Mill, Sedburgh, Cumbria

    2008 - 'Because, Because I Do, I Do', University of Cumbria, Ambleside

    2008 - 'Jerwood Drawing Prize', Jerwood Space London, & touring

    2008 - 'Originals 08 - Contemporary Printmaking', Mall Galleries, London

    2008 - 'Outside the Glass - Perspectives on the poet Norman Nicholson', Theatre by the Lake Keswick, & touring

    2007 - 'Stone Plate Grease Water' - International Contemporary Lithography, MOMA Wales, and touring

    2006 - 'Originals 06 - Contemporary Printmaking', Mall Galleries, London

    2005 - 'Daffodils', Brantwood and Keswick Museum, Cumbria and touring to South Africa

    2003 - 'Jerwood Drawing Prize', Jerwood Space London , & touring

    2002 - Love, Labour and Loss, Carlisle Museum and Art Gallery, Exeter Museum and Art Gallery

    1999 - Cheltenham Open Drawing and touring to Brussels and Hull

    1999 - East North East, Northern print studio and Nagoya Printworks Japan

    1998 - Cheltenham Open Drawing and touring to Berlin and Hull -commendation

    1998 - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

    1997 - Robert Horne Printmaking, Carlisle Museum and Art Gallery and touring

    1994 - Art In The Garden, Oddfellows Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria

    1989 - The Advent Calendar, Gallery North, Cumbria

    1988 - Impressions Of Cumbria, Gallery North, Cumbria

    1987 - Northern Prints, Edinburgh Festival

    1987 - The Self Portrait - A Modern View, Artsite Bath and touring

    1986 - Tradition And Innovation In Printmaking Today, Milton Keynes and touring

    1983 - Artist In Industry, Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield and touring

    1982 - Six East Anglian Artists, Kettles Yard, Cambridge


    1996 - Printmaking Residency, Lowick House Printworkshop, Cumbria

    1995 - Falkland Islands, Falkland Islands Government, South Atlantic

    1984 - Artist in Industry Fellowship, Cooplands Bakery / Yorkshire Arts Association, Doncaster, South Yorkshire


    2015 - Cumbria Visual Artist of the Year, Cumbria Life Culture Awards - Finalist

    2015 - C-Art Cumbrian Artist of the Year - short listed and winner of The People's Choice Award

    2015 - Upfront Open Exhibition, Unthank, Cumbria - 1st Prize

    2008 - Originals Contemporary Printmaking, Mall Galleries, London 

    2000 - European Union/Northern Arts Cultural Business Venture

    1998 - 1st Hartlebury Award, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, Cumbria

    1997 - Eden Arts Bursary

    1996 - Lowick House Printmaking Residency

    1988 - Northern Arts Loan

    1987 - Northern Arts Travel Award

    1986 - Northern Arts

    1984 - Gulbenkian Foundation Printmakers Award

    1979 - Eastern Arts Major Award

    1978 - Eastern Arts Award

    1976 - Eastern Arts Award

    Major Commissions Include:

    Falkland Islands Government, The National Science Museum, Portsmouth Central Library, Copeland Borough Council, IBM UK Ltd, Viscount Devonport, Eden District Council for Penrith Library, Count Fritz von der Schulengurg, Dista Products Ltd, Lord and Lady Inglewood, Mr William Irving, The Hon. Christopher and Margaret Vane, Culgaith Parish Council for Kikland Church

      The National Science Museum, London
      Cumbria County Library (Penrith)
      Carlisle Museum and Art Gallery
      Portsmouth Central Library
      Cooplands (Doncaster) Ltd
      St Marys Hospital, Isle of Wight
      Count Fritz Von der Schulenburg
      Lord and Lady Inglewood
      Viscount Devenport
      Paintings in Hospitals,
      Sheffield City Art Galleries
      Derbyshire Museum Service
      Bolton Museum and Art Gallery
      Tyne and Wear Museums
      Darlington Museum
      Howarth Art Gallery Accrington
      Gulbenkian Foundation
      Wakefield Art Gallery
      Imperial College of Science & Technology
      Bradford Industrial Museum
      Grundy Art Gallery Blackpool
      The Leicestershire Collection
      Penrith Hospital
      Nature in Art
      Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery
      University of Aberystwyth


    1971 Dip Ad Fine Art, St Martin's Scool of Art, London

    The news (world events), the life and landscape of the Eden Valley in Cumbria, psychology, and other artists - particularly Piero della Francesca, Hokusai and Michael Andrews