Alan Salisbury

See some of Alsn Salisbury's work in public collections on the Art UK website.


Alan Salisbury was born in Preston, Lancashire and studied painting at Manchester and Liverpool Colleges of Art and the Royal College of Art, London.


He has lived in Wales since 1974 working at the University of Glamorgan where he was Principal Lecturer in Painting and Field Leader in Arts and Media. He has now left to concentrate on his own artistic practice although he maintains contact with the University as an External Fellow.


He has exhibited widely throughout the UK, in Europe and the USA. In 2005 he was awarded Joint First Prize in the Liverpool School of Art Alumni Open Competition. In 2008 he was awarded First Prize  in the Wales Portrait Award 2 Competition.


Alan is a painter who works within the conventions of narrative representation and the images shown here are representative of work that he has completed over the last few years He uses historical sources from within the canon of European figurative painting which are then subverted in various ways. The paintings employ trompe l’oeil devices, humour and irony and as such utilize contemporary post modern concepts of which appropriation of art from the past is a familiar element.

Born: Preston, Lancashire, England.

Lives: Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales.



1967-1970 Dip A.D (Fine Art), Liverpool College of Art.

1973 M.A (R.C.A.) Painting, Royal College of Art.

1973-1974 A.T.C. Cardiff College of Art.

2010 -  R.C.A (Royal Cambrian Academy).


Solo exhibitions:

1979 St Donats Arts Centre.
1983 Chapter Arts Centre.
1988 Hillcourt Gallery, Abergavenny.
1991 'Moving Pictures', Newport & Cardiff.
1992 Llantarnham Grange Arts Centre.
1996 Further Educational Centre for Vocational Institutes and Administration, A.K.-K.K. Tampere, Finland.
1999 Washington Gallery, Penarth.
2000 Muni Arts Centre, Pontypridd.
2001 Cafe Bravo, Cardiff.
2004 Adam Gallery, Penarth.
2007 'Transcription and Appropriation' Oriel Y Bont Gallery, University of Glamorgan.
2008 Joint One Person Show at the Kooywood Gallery, Cardiff.
2009 Joint One Person Show (Alan Salisbury & Steve West), Bay Arts, Cardiff.
2010 'Altered Images', Duckett and Jeffries Gallery, Malton, N. Yorkshire.
2011 Kooywood Gallery, Cardiff.
2011 'Things are not what they seem' (Alan Salisbury & Neil Chard), Rhondda Heritage Centre.
2012 'Revisiting Traditions', Oriel Gallery, Theatr Clwyd, Mold.
2012 'Y Galeri' Caerphilly, Profile artist.
2012 Glasbury Arts Festival, Glasbury, Powys.