Alan Cotton  


Forthcoming Events

Exhibition: Messum's Fine Art
28, Cork Street, London W1S 3NG

Wednesday 13th September - Friday 6th October 2017

Works on Paper

Alan has many drawing books full of drawings, watercolours and pastels, gathered from his many travels around the world. They are his source material for all the oil paintings completed back in his Devon Studio. Until now, he has never sold his drawings or the watercolours and pastels completed on the spot during his travels. At his recent Retrospective Exhibitions at the University of Bath and the RAMM in Exeter, he included a room of drawings, mounted and framed, to show the starting points for his work. None of these were for sale, but they roused such interest, with many people asking to buy them that Alan has decided to mount and frame a collection of these for exhibition and sale at Messum's in Cork Street. The works on paper will be the main thrust of this exhibition, but there will also be oil paintings included in the show.

Dartmoor Otter Project Summer 2017

Alan Cotton with his Moor Otter

Alan has been involved in the Moor Otter project since last year, when the organiser, Dave Southern, invited him to select twenty professional artists to join him in painting a 3ft high resin otter, in any design of their choice. These will be auctioned at the end of September to raise money for the conservation 0f Dartmoor National Park. These otters, together with those of other artists, who submitted designs, will make up a 100 otters to be exhibited all around Dartmoor throughout the summer months. Whilst some artists have chosen to paint in their own individual styles, others have gone for the comic element, with Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter, D’Arth Vada, Batman and even a bespectacled nun, making their appearance in venues around the moor. A booklet is being produced, with illustrations and a map, so that families or school groups can explore Dartmoor by going on an otter hunt. They can vote for their favourites and even post coins in their money boxes.

Alan chose “An Otter for All Seasons” (with apologies to Robert Bolt) and as you walk around the Otter he reveals some of the delights of Dartmoor throughout the four seasons of the year. Alan says that this is definitely a ‘one off’ - the only 3D Alan Cotton painting ever to be produced - a collector's item indeed!

Art 4 Macmillan Charity Auction and Dinner
Rockbeare Manor, Exeter

Wednesday 4th October 2017

Alan is a Patron of the Art4Macmillan Fund Raising Event and together with other artists and sculptors, has donated a painting to the Art 4 Macmillan Auction. This will be a sparkling event at Rockbeare Manor near Exeter with a drinks reception, canapés and elegant dining in the ballroom, where the auction will take place. The work will also be on view at St. Stephen's Church in the centre of Exeter (next to House of Frazer), on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th September. All the works in the auction will be exhibited there, together with other works which can be bought at the public viewing. For those who cannot make the dinner and auction at Rockbeare Manor on 4th October, sealed bids, to be included in the auction, can be left at St Stephens during the public viewing.

For tickets and more information about the Rockbeare Manor Dinner and auction go to or contact Bridget Hill on 07801 307003

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