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Alan Diggin

Alan Diggin



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Artist Statement

Alan Diggin has been a full time painter for the last 9 years, with his interest in abstract painting initially being developed under WA artist Howard Taylor while Alan was studying architecture at the Western Australian Institute of Technology in the 70’s. Alan has worked in architecture, town planning and urban design over the last 4 decades and this experience has strongly influenced his obsession with painting abstract views of the landscape and a search for new ways to “read built form and the landscape”. Diggin’s bold paintings comprise vibrant compositions of colour and space. Rather than presenting a factual reality an illusion is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination. By choosing mainly formal solutions using a hard edge colour style, he creates intense personal moments, created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, shifting perspectives and balance;luring the viewer around and round in circles. His works do not necessarily reference readily recognisable form. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning shifts and possible interpretation becomes multi-faceted. He uses the grid, geometric forms and patterns to express his own mystical interpretation of space. Influences include painters-Max Bill, Bryce Hudson, and Al Held. Initially using the spontaneous application of paint, he works through the various layers before exposing detailed form and composition that make up the finished painting.