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Portrait Of A Local Artist – lan Langford

Alan-Langford-Local-Artist-Feb16Alan Langford was born in Bournemouth in 1952 when the town was still part of Hampshire.

His father’s family lived in the Bournemouth and Poole area and Alan remained there until he was five years old. “I then emigrated with my parents and siblings, to Australia,” he recalls. “But my father was homesick and so three years later we returned to the UK. And from a rented bungalow in Elizabeth, near Adelaide, South Australia with a television we then had to live in a small caravan on a campsite in Blackfield moving on to Dibden in the New Forest. I love the new Forest and am also fond of depicting the landscapes of Dartmoor, Wiltshire and Dorset. I am inspired by the literature of Dorset’s favourite son, Thomas Hardy.”

Since 1979 Alan has been a professional artist but has always enjoyed drawing since childhood. He was voted a full member of the Society of Equestrian Artists (SEA) in 2008. Five years later his distinctive work was included in the Nags to Thoroughbreds exhibition at Southampton Art Gallery.High-Spirits-Local-Artist-Feb16

“A career highlight was seeing my painting ‘High Spirits’ hung alongside that of Sir Alfred Munnings and Lucy Kemp Welch which I greatly admire. I would only recommend becoming an artist to the tenacious and gifted,” he says. “My advice to someone wishing to become an artist is to draw, draw and draw some more.”

Alan’s work can be seen in the Creative Coverage exhibition at Gallery 4, Salisbury Library from March to April 2016. From April 1, 2016 Alan’s exhibition Horses in Landscape takes place at Godshill. At some point in 2016 his work will feature in the SEA exhibition and together with his wife Janet he will participate in a mixed plein air exhibition in the autumn.

Alan’s book Welgora, which means horse fair in Romani, is published by Little Knoll Press, priced £17.99.                   www.alanlangford.co.uk