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Tom Allan MA (Hons), MRBS, PAI

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Sculptor Tom Allan MA (Hons), MRBS, PAI
Tom Allan at Glasgow Sculpture Studios

About Tom Allan

Tom Allan has been making sculpture since 1977, and sculpting full time since 2000, after a career in English teaching. He has worked in various media, but mainly use stone and marble. He attended classes in sculpture and life drawing at Glasgow School of Art, and has worked with and learned from stone-masons in Scotland and marble-carvers in Carrara, Italy. Since 2000 he has worked for several weeks each year at a studio in Carrara.

The majority of his sculptures are on a domestic scale, to be lived with in the home or outdoors in the garden. He has also done some large-scale commissions, private and public.
Sculptor Tom Allan MA (Hons), MRBS, PAI
2004 In Serbia

Exhibition History of Tom Allan

Since 1980 Tom Allan has exhibited at the RGI, RSA, VAS and PAI annual exhibitions. Solo shows include RGI Kelly Gallery, Glasgow, Alexander Clayton Art, Stratford, Pittenweem Arts Festival, the Quaker Gallery, London, and Camden Art Gallery, also in London.
Scotland has a long tradition of stone-carving, but little is done today. To raise its profile, Tom Allan organised an international exhibition of stone and marble sculpture, "Carrara to Glasgow" in 2004.

2005 Block for St Peregrine, Carrara

Biography / CV of Tom Allan

I have been making sculpture since 1977, and sculpting full time since 2001. I have worked in various media, but mainly use stone and marble.

I attended classes in sculpture and life drawing at Glasgow School of Art, and have worked with and learned from stone-masons in Scotland and marble-carvers in Carrara, Italy. I have explored various places connected with the development of sculpture, such as Naxos, Volterra, and Florence. Since 2000 I have worked for several weeks each year at a studio in Carrara.

2006 working in Glasgow

Artist Statement of Tom Allan

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.

Awards and Prizes of Tom Allan

Tom Allen`s Awards
2012 Beltane Studios Award, Paisley Art Institute
2011 Glasgow Art Club Award, RSA
2010 Awarded Diploma of Paisley Art Institute (PAI)
2009 Cyril Gerber Award, Paisley Art Institute
2006 Visual Arts Scotland Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy: SSWA Prize, and Scottish Arts Club Prize.
2006 Elected Associate of the Royal British Sculptors Society (ARBS)
2005 Reid Kerr College prize, Paisley Art Institute, Best Carved Sculpture.
2004 Shortlisted for the J.D. Fergusson Award (for the 4th time: also 2000, 2001, and 2002).
2002 Runner-up, Helen Keller International Art Award.


in 2006 Tom Allan set up and organised the first regular International Stone Sculpture Symposium in Scotland. Twelve sculptors, from 8 different countries, came to participate in the event. This was repeated in 2007, at Kelburn Castle near Largs.he helped to organise the first sculpture symposium in a Scottish town at Kirkcudbright, in August 2010. He has also participated in the following symposia:
2010 Puerta Vallarta, Mexico
Big Art for Kirkcudbright, Scotland
2009 "Ad Astra" wood symposium, Kormend, Hungary
2008 "Tara" International artistic colony, Bajna Bashta, Serbia
2007 "Clach 2" International Sculpture Symposium, Kelburne Castle and Country Park, Fairlie, Scotland
2007 "Circle of Life" International Sculpture Symposium, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
2006 "Clach" Scottish International Sculpture Symposium, Plane Castle, near Stirling, Scotland
2004 "Tara" International artistic colony, Bajna Bashta, Serbia

Acquisitions / Collections of work by Tom Allan

Tom Allan`s sculptures and paintings are in private collections in Britain, the Continent and the Americas, and in public collections in Scotland and Mexico.
2010 Paisley Art Gallery and Museum
2010 University of Guadalajara, Mexico

Reviews of work by Tom Allan

Article in "Art News Scotland", Autumn 2007.

Various reviews/reports in the Glasgow "Herald" and the "Scotsman" newspapers.

Public Works of Tom Allan

Tom Allans public Works
2008 Memorial to Wm Fife and Sons, Yacht Builders, Fairlie
Holocaust Memorial, Bajna Bashta, Serbia
Stone work for Penilee Public Art project
2007 Stone work for Castlemilk Environment Trust Project
2006 Pope John Paul II (Carrara marble) life size, for St Francis Xavier`s Church, Lanarkshire.
2005 St Peregrine (Carrara marble) life size, for Carfin Pilgrimage Centre, Lanarkshire.
"Caring" (Cornish serpentine) for Pollokshaws Medical Centre, Glasgow
2004 "Solar Disc" Macedonian marble, for Tara sculpture colony, Serbia.

Qualifications / Education of Tom Allan

1965 Hutchesons Grammar (Dux in Art).
1969 Univ. of Glasgow (M.A. Hons English)
1970 Jordanhill College (Teaching Cert)
1984 Glasgow School of Art, sculpture, drawing

Publications / Media / Bibliography of Tom Allan

Back to the Stone Age A sculptor on Naxos. The Guardian, 16 Oct 1999.

Dome Roamin Sculptures at the Millennium Dome. The Guardian, 15 Jan 2000.

Teaching Experience

Teaching stone sculpture is an important activity for me, and I have been running classes at Glasgow Sculpture Studios since 2005, with students ranging from absolute beginners, through experienced amateurs from all ages and all occupations, to Art School students, graduates, and art teachers.

Influences / Inspiration of Tom Allan

Cycladic sculpture
Henri Gaudier-Brzeska
Henry Moore
Barbara Hepworth
Jacob Epstein
Tom Whalen
George Innes

Price Range of Work

Tom Allan's work has a price range from £3,500 to £4,167

Mediums utilised

Tom Allan's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Tom Allan's work is found in the following categories on site:
Dance Sculptures and Ballet Sculptures
Tabletop Desktop Small Indoor Statuettes Figurines Sculptures
Mythical Sculptures
Nudes / Male Sculpture
Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures
Column Pillar Columnar Stele sculpture statue statuary
Modern Abstract Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures or Statues or statuettes or statuary
Abstract Contemporary Modern Outdoor Outside Garden / Yard Sculptures Statues statuary
Male Men Youths Masculine Statues Sculptures statuettes figurines
Minimalist Understated Abstract Contemporary Sculpture statuary statuettes
Interior, Indoors, Inside Sculpture
Abstract Modern Contemporary Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines statuary
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