Born 1956, Melbourne
Alan Constable is both a painter and a ceramicist who has exhibited in Australian and overseas galleries. A finalist in a number of mainstream art awards, his recent paintings are notable for their vibrant kaleidoscopic effects and strong sense of colour and patterning. Although Constable’s works are often centred on political events and global figures, his thematic concerns are frequently subjugated by the pure visual experience of colour and form, and despite the occasional gravity of his subject matter there is a genuine sense of joy within Constable’s paintings.
Constable’s ceramic work reflects a life-long fascination with old cameras, which began with his making replicas from cardboard cereal boxes at the age of eight. The sculptures are lyrical interpretations of technical instruments, and the artist’s finger marks can be seen clearly on the clay surface like traces of humanity. In this way Alan Constable’s cameras can be viewed as extensions of the body, as much as sculptural representations of an object.
Alan Constable is represented by Arts Project Australia.
Not titled (two men) 2005; acrylic on paper; 50 x 66cm; Courtesy Arts Project Australia
Not titled (ballet dancer) 2007; gouache on paper; 50 x 65cm; Courtesy Arts Project Australia
Not titled (beach umbrellas) 2009; gouache on rag paper; 48 x 67.5cm; Courtesy Arts Project Australia