Alan Grobler was born 18 April 1954, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, SOUTH AFRICA. In 1976, he studied printmaking and book illustration at the Port Elizabeth Technicon and graduated in 1980. Alan worked briefly in advertising and was later commissioned as a freelance book illustrator for Heinemann as well as for Macmillan Educational Publishers. In 2008, he presented a printmaking workshop at the KV Art School, Gothenburg, Sweden. His research article 'FRANK PICKFORD MARRIOTT – a post Pre-Raphaelite, 1871-1935’ appeared in the 2008 issue of Looking Back, a publication of the Port Elizabeth Historical Society. He is featured in 'ART & ARTISTS OF THE EASTERN CAPE' published by the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) in 2011.
Alan works in the medium of woodcut and linocut printmaking as well as acrylic on canvas. He moves comfortably from architectural to conceptualized imagery. Alan has exhibited in numerous regional and overseas group exhibitions, and has held five successful solo exhibitions to date. He is represented in public collections of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, Port Elizabeth, the William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberley and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth. His poster design based on a linocut print of his which features the four corner stones of the life of Nelson Mandela, is included in the Official 95 International Mandela Poster Project ( MPP) and travelling exhibition. His poster design for the MPP, was published in TRIBUTES TO A GLOBAL ICON, edited by Toyin Falola, Carolina Academic Press, 2014 and BIBLE MISSION IN AFRICA by Bob Wielenga, Interpak Books, 2014.
Winner of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Sponsor Choice Award and the Radison Blu Sponsor Award for a reduction woodcut submitted towards the 2014 Wish You Were Here Selectors traveling exhibition.
Alan Grobler is represented by the South African Print Gallery, Cape Town - www.printgallery.co.za.