Alan Yaffe is a man with a vision. As a dispensing optician for over 30 years, his entire career was devoted to helping people see clearly. And although he established a successful business and found his work rewarding, Alan always knew it wasn’t his destiny. His harboured desire was to create works of art for people to look at – abstract art. In 2014 Alan decided to sell his ophthalmic practice and launch himself into a new career as a professional artist. It was a brave and bold decision but, in his mid-fifties, he considered it was “now or never”!
Alan lives in Manchester and works from the comfort of his home studio. Just two years on, Alan’s mid-life career change has brought him unimagined success as an emerging self-taught artist – and he really didn’t see it all coming so quickly. Alan has been creating abstract art as a hobby for the last 15 years. He was initially inspired to put paint to canvas after seeing some abstract work in a prominent Manchester gallery. He developed his own style using high-quality acrylic paint on gallery grade canvas, often combining the paint with different mediums to produce a range of effects and finishes.
The first exhibition of his work as a professional artist was in May 2016 in Marthall, Knutsford. The two-day exhibition entitled “paper, canvas, clay” was a collaboration with ceramics artist Jane Beaumont and mixed media artist/photographer Louise Garman. It was a great success for Alan with a number of canvases sold and enquiries for commissions.
In addition to his range of original and unique canvas works, Alan is willing to take on individual commissions and has already successfully completed numerous projects tailored to suit the décor and specific requirements of his clients. He specialises in painting large canvases to give impact in any space whether it’s a home, office, hotel or restaurant. It is becoming very obvious to those with an appreciation for his interpretation of abstract art that the vision Alan had for his new career was definitely not being viewed through rose-tinted glasses!
July 4, 2019
Abstract, A - D