Alan Gouk

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artist bio

Alan Gouk was born in Belfast in 1939, and originally studied architecture in Glasgow and London, before studying psychology and philosophy at Edinburgh University. From 1964 to 1967 he worked as an exhibitions officer at the British Council, helping to organise the British exhibition at the 1966 Venice Biennale, and making contact with many prominent artists of the time, notably Anthony Caro. In 1967 Gouk was a prizewinner at the John Moores Liverpool exhibition, and he also began at this time a long and inspirational teaching career in the Sculpture Department of St. Martin's School of Art. 

In the early Seventies, Gouk's work was included in shows at the Hayward Gallery, London, and the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, before being instrumental in establishing the painting and sculpture annual exhibitions at Stockwell Depot. He participated in “Four Abstract Painters” at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh in 1977, and had an important show at the Woodlands Gallery, Greenwich (with Geoff Rigden) in 1982, but had to wait until 1987 for his first solo show in London, at Smith's Gallery. Also in 1987, Patrick Heron chose Gouk for “Artist for the Day” at Angela Flowers Gallery, and Gouk subsequently had solo shows at Flowers East in 1995, 1997, and 2001. He has also had solo London shows at Sandra Higgins Fine Art in 1990, and at East/West Gallery in 1994 and 2002. In 2002 Gouk was again a prizewinner at the John Moores Liverpool exhibition.  


Throughout his career Gouk has written extensively about art and has been published widely. His painting is in numerous collections including the Tate Gallery, London; the Arts Council; the Scottish Arts Council; and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. He is widely admired and respected as a pre-eminent abstract painter, and he has consistently produced work of exceptional quality which explores the architecture of painting through colour and form.

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Timeline

1939               

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland

1948–1956     

Attended Hutchesons' Grammar School, Glasgow

1957–1959     

Studied architecture part-time at Glasgow School of Art

1959–1960     

Architecture course at Regent Street Polytechnic, London

1961               

Architectural draughtsman with Barron and Smith, Hampstead

1962               

Organised Festival Fringe exhibition of paintings

1961–1964     

Edinburgh University, studied psychology and philosophy

1966               

Exhibition Officer to Venice Biennale

1967               

Prize-winner John Moores' Exhibition, Liverpool

2002               

Prize-winner John Moores' Exhibition, Liverpool

 

 

Exhibitions

2008               

Poussin Review 2008: Form and Space, Poussin Gallery, London

2008               

Ten Great Works from the Sixties and Seventies, Poussin Gallery, London

2007               

Alan Gouk: The Ulysses Series, Poussin Gallery, London (solo)

2006               

Poussin Review 2006: Recent British Abstract Painting and Sculpture, Poussin Gallery, London

2005               

Mainstream Abstract Painting from the Seventies, Poussin Gallery, London

2005               

Angela Flowers Gallery 35th Anniversary Exhibition, Flowers East, London

2004               

Paintings for Tyringham Hall, Tyringham Hall, Buckinghamshire

2003               

Small is Beautiful XXI: War and Peace, Flowers Central, London

2002               

East Two, Flowers East, London

2002               

Small is Beautiful XX: Voyage, Flowers East, London

2001               

Alan Gouk: New Paintings, Flowers East at London Fields, London

2001               

British Abstract Painting, Flowers East, London

2001               

Selections from Small is Beautiful, Flowers East, London

2001               

Small is Beautiful XIX: Still Life, Flowers East, London

2001               

British Abstract Painting 2001 – Flowers East, London

2000               

30th Anniversary Exhibition, Flowers East

1999               

Small is Beautiful Part I – Abstract, Flowers West Ten New Abstract Paintings, London Fields

1998               

Small is Beautiful Part XVI ‘Music’, London Fields Angela Flowers Gallery at Riverside Studios

1997               

Recent Paintings, Flowers West Recent Paintings, London Fields New Abstract Paintings, Riverside Studios, London

1996               

British Abstract Art Part III, Works on Paper, London Fields

1995               

British Abstract Art, Part I : Paintings, Flowers East, London ‘The St Cyrus Series’, Flowers East, London

 

1994               

One-man show, East West Gallery, London 
British Abstract Art Part 1: Painting, Flowers East and Flowers East at London Fields, London
Summer Show, Anna Bornholt Associates, London

1993               

One-man show, 106 Boundary Road, London 
The Angus Annual, The Meffan Gallery, Forfar
British Painterly Abstraction, 'New Displays', Tate Gallery, London

1992               

'Summer Seen', William Jackson Gallery, London

1990               

Scottish Art since 1900, Barbican Gallery, London

1988               

One-man Show, Riverside Foyer Exhibition, London 
The Caro Collection at Wolfson College, Oxford 
'Fuse' Gallery Mixed Summer Show

1977               

Four Abstract Painters, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

1972               

Hayward Gallery, with Gillian Ayres and John Golding

1971               

Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, with Geoff Rigden, Basil Beattie and John McLean

1970               

Nine Painters, Hayward Gallery, London

1968               

Preview - London, Camden Arts Centre

1967               

John Moore's Exhibition, Liverpool (prizewinner)

 

 

Literature

1994               

Pete Hoida's Paintings, Introductory Essay, The Living Room, Greenwich, January

1994

 David Lillington, Review of East West Show, Time Out, 13 April

1990               

Jane Norrie, Review of Sandra Higgins Exhibition, Arts Review, 15 June 1990

1989               

Keith Hartley, 'Scottish Art Since 1900' Exhibition Catalogue, Lund Humphries 1989

1988               

Hans Hofmann Late Works at the Tate Gallery, 'Fuse' Magazine, No.1,

1988 
Tim Scott's New Sculpture, Catalogue Essay, Kunstverein Braunschweig and German Tour Escultura Nueva, Reino Unida, Catalogue Introduction, Centro Cultural del Conde Duque, Madrid 1988

1987               

'Mind's Eye' - Review of Richard Wolheim's 'Painting as an Art', The Guardian, 31 December 1987

1972               

Caroline Tisdall, 'Big Paintings', The Guardian, January 1972 
Nige Gosling, 'At Arms Length', The Observer, January 1972

1971                Caroline Tisdall, 'Action Men', The Guardian, March 1971

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