Alan MacDonald had a very different childhood. Born in 1962, he was brought up in Malawi, Central Africa. It was a fantastic place for a child to grow up; days were filled with imaginative play, as there was no TV.

When he was 13, Alan moved with his family to Scotland and went to school in Dundee. Everything was different and fascinated him. After school, Alan successfully applied to Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, where he studied Fine Art. He graduated in 1984 and went to the Cyprus College of Art in Paphos for postgraduate studies. Afterward, Alan worked for a brief time in a studio in Dundee before being offered an Acme Studio/Accommodation in London. He lived and worked in London as an artist for 15 years, exhibiting with over 10 galleries in London, Amsterdam, San Francisco, and New York City.

Alan moved back to Scotland with his wife and young son in 2003, acquiring an old bank in Carnoustie where he now lives and paints.

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