“I expect the negative people to roll their eyes and the positive people to open theirs,” explains artist Alan Fears on the reactions he hopes to receive from his work. No stranger to It’s Nice That, we’re huge fans of his punchy scenes and humorous portraits of pop stars, film stars and fictional creations. And, since we last heard from him in 2017, Alan has kept his 80s-inspired style but he tells us how his technique has improved, “which means I got worse,” he says. “Now, I’m spending most of my time trying to undo all that I have learned in order to be freer.”
“If I can snap somebody out of a bad mood or make them do something productive, that makes me want to make more work.”
As we’re all in a current state of unknown limbo, there’s pressure to be productive, and create. But how about taking some time out – take a moment to sit back and fill your day with Alan’s cheerful paintings. You won’t regret it.
Alan Fears’ ‘Room to Manoeuvre’ painting is currently being listed as part of ‘The Salon’ auction for Paddle 8.
‘Tasteful and refined, The Salon offers a captivating mix of contemporary prints, paintings, and mixed media works. Featuring inventive and thought-provoking pieces from Daniel Rich, Naomi Fisher, Thomas Ruff, and more, these works are sure to please the most discerning collector and elevate any modern collection.’
‘Alan Fears (British, b. 1974) is a visual artist and musician whose paintings of everyday settings infuse the mundane with character and vitality. Using a bright color palette akin to Alex Katz, Fears’ work has been exhibited across the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Scandinavia, and Greece.’
We are thrilled that Alan Fears has been selected to take part in this years Art on a postcard secret auction
‘Art on a Postcard (AOAP) is delighted to bring back its annual fine art postcard auction for the 6th year. This year boasts a stellar line up of names such asNorman Ackroyd RA, Jock McFadyen RA, Carolina Caycedo, Vanessa Jackson RA, Dan Baldwin, Louise Lawler, Florine Démosthène, Joan Snyder, Timothy Hyman RA, Jeremy Deller, Miya Ando, and Helen Beard. Art on Postcard is a curated postcard auction and only invites gallery artists to take part. The resulting collection of work is of such a high quality Time Out last year dubbed it ‘A mini Summer Show’. This year’s artworks number around 600 and are produced by over 250 artists hailing from all over the world.
AOAP will be partnering with Paddle8 auction house and exhibiting at We Work in East London. All of the work is anonymous until after the sale meaning all the artwork starts on a level playing field. This is a chance to own a unique mini masterpiece for a price which won’t break the bank.Bidding starts at just £50.100% proceeds donated to The Hepatitis C Trust to help them in their aim to eliminate hepatitis C in the UK by 2025.’
Auction runs 31st October – 14th November
‘Rodeo Bums’ is a collection of paintings by the British artist Alan Fears that celebrate the art of friendship.
‘Fears approaches his work with a refreshing lack of ego and a good deal of humour. His many portraits celebrate our ever vulnerable, often awkward humanness. In bold, naive strokes and deliciously riotous colours. ‘ Charlotte Strick, The Paris Review 2019.
Alan Fears has been featured on the cover of the Summer 229 issue of The Paris Review, and to celebrate here is a selection of some of Alan’s summer infused paintings.