Alan Friend was born in Scotland but is of East European heritage. At age 18 he was offered a place at the Glasgow School of Art but chose, instead, to take up a place at the University of Glasgow School of Law. Having gained graduate and postgraduate qualifications that could have secured a career in academia or the legal profession, Alan turned his back on both and returned to his first love, art.
He studied Old Master style and technique and then, utilising his life experiences, cultural heritage, and mystic bent, went on to develop his distinctive abstract style. Alan's work has gained recognition both in Europe and the United States and he has been labelled "Scotland's Rising Star".
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Alan was commissioned, alongside artists such as Peter Howson and John Byrne to produce a series of works for the seminal Wet Wet Wet album, "Picture This".