The works of the Californian Craig Alan are fresh, surprising and unspent. With his visionary ideas and aesthetic flair, he gives contemporary art a lasting impetus. Especially his amazing so-called "Populus" works have made the artist world-famous. "Art, that's all of us," says Craig Alan and consistently implements this thought through constellations of people from which he forms his motifs. If you look closely, you can see that each of the tiny figures assumes a different posture and direction of movement. The casting of shadows also plays a role in creating surfaces, contours and structures. Alan is always driven by the question "what if?", since his earliest childhood he has been dismantling things and reassembling them. He sees things not only as they are, but also as they could be.
Craig Alan was born in 1971 in San Bernardino, California. He came to Giorgia with his family at an early age before studying in Mobile, Alabama and New Orleans, Louisiana, where he worked as a street artist making portraits. Thanks to his extraordinary talent and based on his own studies, he developed an admirable understanding and feeling for textures, compositions and colours over time. Today, Craig Alan represents a wide range of art styles, from book illustration to naturalistic painting in oils to his "Populus Art".
Meet the Populus
The artist got the idea of replacing the smallest picture elements with people in order to create motifs when he took photos of a wedding party on the beach from the balcony of a flat on the 6th floor in Florida. When he later looked at the pictures, he discovered that the collection of people in the photo had the appearance of an eye. This was the birth of his unique art, which has since led him to the highest international recognition.