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Alan McGowan is an expressive figure painter based in Edinburgh working directly with life models and never photography. His work has been chosen to exhibit at the BP Portrait Award, The Threadneedle Prize for Figurative Art and the Ruth Borchard Self portrait prize, and he was a semi finalist in the SKY Portrait Artist of the Year 2014 . His painting of the figure is as much a celebration of the medium of oil painting as an exploration of the human form. For Alan, painting is like a performance, a process that he likes viewers to be reminded of when they look at his canvases. His work is loaded with expressive brushwork that exhibits a perfect balance of control, technical ability and painterly improvisation.