Artist

Tom Allan MA MRBS PAI SSA

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About

Tom Allan MA SSA MRBS PAI Trained at Glasgow School of Art and in Carrara, Italy, Tom Allan has been producing sculpture since 1977. Tom became a full-time sculptor in 1999. In 2004, he began teaching stone carving at Glasgow Sculpture Studios. He works mainly in stone and marble, has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout Britain, and frequently attends international sculpture symposia. “For me stone sculpture is an expressive art form. I try to express emotion through the stone I am working with, like a painter using colour and form. There is an excitement in that, and the challenge is to bring modern techniques and idioms to this ancient art.” His commissions include sculpture for Plane Castle, (2003-5); life-size statues in Carrara marble of St Peregrine, Carfin Pilgrimage Centre (2005) and of Pope John Paul II, St Francis Xavier’s Church (2006), and a Holocaust Memorial, Banja Bashta, Serbia (2008). His public work in Glasgow includes Caring, Pollokshaws Medical Centre (2005); the Lord Kelvin Memorial, Glasgow Necropolis (2007), and stone work for projects by Castlemilk Environmental Trust (2007) and Penilee Public Art (2008). Recently Tom has created sculptures for outdoor sculpture exhibitions in parks and gardens such as at Newby Hall in Yorkshire, Chichester Cathedral, the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Romsey, and Leicester University Botanical Gardens. A frequent prize winner, he is also an elected Professional Member of Visual Arts Scotland, the Society of Scottish Artists, and Paisley Art Institute. He was elected an Associate of the Royal British Society of Sculptors in 2006, and awarded the Diploma of Paisley Art Institute in 2010. He works and teaches stone sculpture at his home studio in Gartcosh, and for several weeks of the year in Carrara, Italy. Tom’s sculptures are in collections in Britain, Europe, and the Americas.


Gallery


The Tree that Never Grew

Tait's Tower 1938

A revival of the temporary structure built for the Empire Exhibition in Glasgow in 1938.
This time more permanent, and in Carrara marble, onyx, and slate.


Armadillo Flower (Carrara marble)

An elaboration of the “Armadillo” by the River Clyde.



Big Wave (Carrara marble) ht 1 metre

The vortex of a wave as it breaks.


Strange Boat (Carrara marble, slate) length 140cm

A boat with fishy qualities, under the waves.




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