Alan Potter was born in Hamilton, Lanarkshire and worked as an engineer with Rolls-Royce Ltd until enrolling at the Glasgow School of Art. There he studied Public Art, graduating in 1980, when he was offered a position as a lecturer in Fine Art.
In 1985 he moved to London to take the post of head of Public Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design, becoming Dean of Design in 1990.
He resigned from Higher Education in 1994 to concentrate fully on his public art practice. Typical locations include town centres, parks, nature reserves, hospitals, housing estates, schools, colleges, religious buildings, theatres, corporate buildings and offices.
Many projects have been created through workshops and residences, with the active involvement of the local community and schools, giving a true sense of ownership. Each site is unique and therefore demands an individual solution. This results in work being carried out in a wide variety of media such as bronze, steel, stone, wood, ceramic, mosaics, painting, stained glass, etched glass, banners, gateways, railings, paving and lighting.
Many people will be familiar with the beautiful mosaic Alan created at the entrance to the new Invergordon County Hospital building.
He has now been commissioned to paint the "Highland Gathering" mural and has worked closely with the Highland Games committee to come up with a spectacular design.