Remembering Alan Wood
Taking a moment to remember the amazing work produced by of one of Canada's most well respected artists, Alan Wood, throughout his lifetime.
Ranch Series Four, 1983 (#1 to #4)
A Brief History of Alan Wood
Alan Wood was one of Canada’s leading artists. He received international acclaim for his use of colour, and for his undertaking of the large-scale outdoor environmental work, “Ranch”.
Alan Wood was born in 1935 in the town of Widnes, in Lancashire, England. His early interest in art was due to the support and encouragement he received from both his father and his high school art teacher. Following graduation from high school, he studied art at the Liverpool College of Art and credits his success as an artist to his good fortune to be in the right places at the right times. His involvement with the lively art and music scene in Liverpool during the late fifties led him to the innovative St. Ives Artists Colony in Cornwall, which in turn opened the door to a successful 6-year teaching career at the prestigious Cardiff College of Art in Wales.
Alan Wood moved to Canada in 1971 and settled in British Columbia in 1974. Since that time he produced his most personal and mature work as an artist. His interest in the dynamics of light and colour from the ocean, beach, forest and sky dominated his landscape work throughout his career. In 1983 Alan Wood gained international recognition for taking his painting directly into the landscape with his “Ranch” creation. This 320-acre painted construction built in the foothills of the Alberta Rockies was a monumental exploration of colour and form.