First solo exhibition for Montrose artist in five years

Alan Hayman in his studio
Alan Hayman in his studio

A Montrose artist is having his work displayed in his first solo exhibition for five years in a gallery in Aberdeenshire.

Alan Hayman is considered one of Scotland’s leading landscape and wildlife artists and an exhibit of 70 of his paintings called ‘Wild Places’ opened on Sunday ,May 11, at the Tolquhon Gallery in Tarves, Ellon.

Hayman grew up in Montrose, revelling in the huge variety of birdlife on the mud flats and beaches of the Basin.

He says he was drawing and painting while his classmates were still playing with toy trains and he has never stopped.

The artist went on to teach himself drawing and painting techniques in oils and acrylics and has lived as an artist all his life. His work is held in collections worldwide.

“Painting is my life. If anything is certain, it is that I was born to paint,” Hayman added.

Joan Ross, of Tolquhon Gallery, said: “The range and quality of Alan’s work is superb. He can capture the essence of a butterfly, as well as a buzzard.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to mount this exciting exhibition at Tolquhon and we are looking forward to a very busy few weeks.”

It is the natural world which fascinates Hayman and the birds and animals which inhabit wild places.

He says his environment is everything.

He has lived in some of the most remote and spectacular parts of Scotland and these are where he loves to paint.

Hayman even taught himself taxidermy in order to understand the anatomy of the birds and animals he paints.

He now lives in remote Ardnamurchan where his studio overlooks the Sound of Mull.

The exhibition captures the wild places of Scotland, both seascapes and landscapes and continues until Tuesday, June 3.