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Alan Jack - Metal Sculptor
19 September 1940 - 29 September 2006
11 Old Cheltenham Road,
Longlevens, Gloucester, GL2 0AS England
Alan has been making things since he was a child. Born in the Midlands in 1940, he grew up fascinated by the mechanics of machinery, his mind forever enquiring into how things were assembled and how they worked. Although Alan had no formal art training, he developed his metal-handling skills through a tool-making apprenticeship followed by service as an airframe fitter in the Royal Air Force.
A profound admiration for the craftsmanship of the early blacksmiths has encouraged Alan to study and collect a wide range of old tools and metal devices. Farm machinery, car and motorcycle parts, household utensils, frequently gathered when repairing and renovating equipment, all play a part in his sculptures.
But it is his deep love of nature, and especially of birds and insects, which manifests itself most strongly in Alan's original sculptures. A keen conservationist, he has created forms which depict all aspects of wildlife. His fertile imagination has brought to life a variety of creatures constructed from found metal objects demonstrating both his love of his subject and of his media.
Alan's work has been on permanent display both in the galleries and in the gardens at Nature in Art, the International Centre for Wildlife Art at Wallsworth Hall in Gloucester, since 1988 and has featured several times on local television and radio and in the local and national press.
Many examples of his sculptures are in private collections throughout the country and he has been invited to participate in 'A Millenium Bestiary' by the Faculty of Art, Media and Design at the University of the West of England. His work is also featured in a recent publication called 'Into the New Iron Age: Modern British Blacksmiths' by Amina Chatwin.
Alan's exhibitions have always given a great deal of enjoyment to those observing his work. Over the years, he has developed a reputation for sculptures of great originality, ingenuity, imagination and creativity, together with a lively sense of humor.