Alec Galloway is one of the worlds leading glass artists. He is Head of Architectural Glass at Edinburgh College of Art, but still finds time to travel the world participating in a wide variety of projects.
Born in Greenock, Alec is one of Inverclydeâ€™s greatest ambassadors as his work is critically acclaimed at home and abroad. His art encompasses both the traditional and contemporary. Its diversity can be experienced from stained glass windows in Scottish churches to the cutting edge design of the feature glass installations in skyscrapers, hotels and shopping malls worldwide.
His creativity however spans many art-forms as not only does he produce the occasional painting he also performs widely with his band â€œThe Lazerenkosâ€.
â€œMy treatment of glass art is very loosely painterly abstract with messy expressive brush lines. I focus on line colour and texture.
One of my main glass artist influences was my tutor Douglas Hogg but also John Piper and Harry Clark. I would say I find the work of the St. Ives School very forward thinking and the work of Peter Lanyon and Williamina Barnes Graham has influenced me. In tandem with this I admire American abstract artists like Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell and Mark Rothko.
In addition to the artists already mentioned, my work is a response to the landscape and the history of places. Since glass is a light based medium I am inspired by the way the changes in the light are reflected in the changing mood of the landscape.â€
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