My paintings, usually employing acrylic or watercolour paints with a subtle underlay of relief and more loosely applied texture, cover several areas of subject matter. My prime interest, however, is in the forms derived from mountainous landscapes. In consequence, although a native of southern England, my earlier works were taken from the Highlands of Scotland and the wilder parts of north east England. Since taking up residence in Mijas, Andalucía, my works have all been centered on the wonders of Spanish landscape.

My paintings are figurative, indeed of specific places, but my work, containing as it does geometrical symbols and using a form of perspective close to the oriental method, moves very much towards the abstract. My concern with Gestalt ideas on perception cause me to search for the abstract fundamentals within the figurative framework of my paintings. Although by no means a minimalist, I nevertheless pare away those images that I consider to be of secondary importance to the comprehension of the image.

I have exhibited widely on the Costa del Sol and in England, as well as in America, Holland, Portugal, Germany and some of the major cities throughout Spain.

Alan Burden - Artist - Mijas - Costa del Sol - Spain