(Images from 'Fells and Dales' Commemorative Limited Edition Series)
Alan Ingham (1932 -2002) is remembered as one of the most talented watercolour artists in modern times. His illustrative work is an honest capture of Britain's varied landscapes, rural communities and architecture which are shaped by history, traditions and local resources. This official website offers a glimpse into the life and inspirational work of an artist who worked tirelessly to improving his style and skill and which is appreciated internationally.
In 2005, three years after his death, Alan was ranked as Britain's favourite deceased artist (after LS Lowry and Monet, source: Art Business Today/BBC) by an audience Alan was able to reach via 70 spectacular published limited edition prints. However, this was a mere fraction of the complete dossier of work over his life-time, amounting to nearly 1400 paintings. Read about Alan's life and career.
His Work objective was to capture the essence of British rural heritage and culture through timeless illustrative snapshots. Themedium of watercolour enabled him to create the detail, while his skill of interpreting mood through a keen sense of light is unique. A collection of of his work is presented in a series of galleries which depict scenes from the Britain's most popular regions, landmarks and inspired work from his trips overseas. More..
His Story starts with his decision to leave a paid profession to becoming a recognised artist. It was not an easy path to choose. It is a story of self-determination and belief, of highs, lows and fate. More..
The Archive was left along with vital artefacts and meticulously recorded his work in detail which has inspired the development of this website and which has made his vast dossier of work accessible. More..
Watercolour Skies is the name given to publication of Alan's work in all media including this website. Named after his aptly titled book published in 1996, 'Under a Watercolour Sky', this one-man online exhibition is a way of allowing Alan's creativity to be accessed for pleasure and enjoyment and for you to explore his published and unpublished work. more..
Originals (Ingham Estate)
A collection of original watercolours which have never left the ownership of Alan's family has been released for sale including the 'Ingleborough Viaduct and Ingleborough Hill'.
Alan's work has been published in three books. 'Under a Watercolour sky' was his first and highly successful book. in 2002 'Savour the Moment' was published by Halsgrove and in 2010 his work was the basis of an address book 'The Cotswolds' published by Halsgrove.