Tom Allan



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Armadillo Flower (Carrara marble) ht 50cm

King and Queen (Portland stone)

Mackintosh's Dream (Locharbriggs stone)

Meadow Grass (Portland stone)

Big Wave (Carrara marble)

Botero Robin (bronze or resin bronze)


For me sculpture in stone has been a passion for thirty-five years – I see it as an expressive art form, shaping stone to convey emotion, as a painter uses colour and form. I make both figurative and abstract sculptures.

Through the stone I try to convey ideas and feelings, and to produce an emotional reaction in the viewer. My approach unites the immediacy of direct carving by manual methods with the speed and extra facilities of power tools. The challenge is to bring modern techniques and idioms to an ancient art. The majority of my sculptures are on a domestic scale, to be lived with in the home or outdoors in the garden.

Working in different types of stone has the fascination of exploring materials which are thousands or millions of years old, and making something new from them. Stone sculpture is the most ancient art form of all, and yet it still lends itself to innovation.

I continually try to extend my knowledge of the techniques and inspirations of stone and marble sculpture, by working with other sculptors when possible, by taking part in symposia in many parts of the world, and also by teaching what I know, which is also a way of learning more.


Tom Allan has been making sculpture since 1977. He trained at Glasgow School of Art and in Carrara, Italy. He works at his studio in Gartcosh, near Glasgow, and in Carrara.
He also teaches stone sculpture classes.

Commissions include public art projects in Glasgow, Motherwell, Serbia, and Mexico. He works mainly in stone and marble, but also in wood and bronze.

Tom exhibits in galleries in Glasgow, Edinburgh, and London, and in sculpture parks in Yorkshire, Leicester, the Cotswolds, and Hampshire. He was elected MRBS (Member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors) in 2006, and PAI (Diploma of the Paisley Art Institute) in 2010.

He regularly teaches classes in stone sculpture at his studio.

A regular exhibitor – and prizewinner – at the Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Glasgow Institute, Visual Arts Scotland, and Paisley Art Institute, Tom’s work is in public and private collections in Britain, Europe, Australia and the Americas. He has attended international sculpture symposia in Serbia, Canada, Hungary, and Mexico, as well as organising four events in Scotland.