This month we spoke to Alan Smith Page, a Newcastle-based artist who paints people, landscapes and street scenes from Northumberland to New York.
Have you always been an artist?
Yes, I started at the College of Art & Industrial Design in 1961, aged 15. I worked professionally from the age 17 and became head of Advertising & Graphic Design at Newcastle School of Art for part of my working life as well as continuing to freelance.
What is the best piece of advice have you been given as an artist?
Don’t miss the deadline!
Where do you work from?
I work from Studio 13 at The Biscuit Factory in Newcastle.
What’s your favourite or most inspirational place in Northumberland?
I mostly like the Northumberland coast, including its buildings and street furniture.
When did your fascination with ‘Street Life’ begin?
I’m a city type, it’s always been like that apart from a brief spell in the country. I draw and paint what’s around me.
Where in the world have you most enjoyed painting?
Paris, New York, Venice. All three are the coolest cities on earth! Apart from Newcastle, of course.
What inspires you?
The hustle and bustle of the street, people, signs, street lamps etc. Harbours, timber buildings, boats, water, reflections – stuff like that.
Has anyone famous bought or commissioned your work?
Not so famous, but I am included in Marshal Hall’s book The Artists of Northumbria which is an important work profiling local artists.
Alan takes commissions for one-off pieces if you have a specific location in mind. Coastal Retreats guests qualify for an exclusive 10% discount.