Alan Dedman studied the original documents published by Chevreux – the French dye-master general whose theories influenced the Impressionists. Alan Dedman makes colour central to his work. Although Classicism encourages restraint in using colour, Dedman believes in working intuitively – after disciplined study. Alan has also studied Johannes Itten and Josef Albers – both of whom were staff at the Bauhaus, when it existed.
Alan Dedman uses an extended oils palette, tonally organised with further sub-divisions according to hot/cool contrast. The above gallery shows examples of his work including framed items on show at an exhibition. The Classical training he received at the Royal Academy Schools meant he began using a restricted palette. This allows a student to learn about using paint and drawing in painting.
Although Alan Dedman attended St. Martin’s School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools – he met with little active teaching about colour. Students were assumed to be learning about the topic, but in fact they were left almost entirely up to themselves in this respect. Today, Alan Dedman teaches the rudiments of colour theory and perception via online distance learning with the London Art College.