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Alan Flattmann Biography
A native of New Orleans, award-winning artist Alan Flattmann has established a career as a well-known pastel artist. While he works in a variety of mediums, Flattmann is often recognized for his pastel pieces and is a member of both the Pastel Society of America’s Hall of Fame and Masters Circle of the International Association of Pastel Societies.
After more than forty years in the business, Flattmann has published three books, including “The Art of Pastel Painting,” which many consider the definitive guide to pastels. Aside from his own books, Flattmann’s work is also featured in several art books and magazines, including American Artist, The Pastel Journal, Pastel Artist International, Watercolor, Southwest Art and Pratique des Arts.
Flattmann’s work has also been featured in more than 60 solo exhibitions and several group exhibitions around the world, but he now calls Louisiana's Northshore area home.
Alan Flattmann Resumé
The following CHRONOLOGY is an abbreviated review of Flattmann’s career:
1946 Born in New Orleans, La
1964-1967 Studied at John McCrady School of Art in the French Quarter.
1973 - 1974 Awarded Elizabeth T. Greenshields Memorial Foundation Grant. Lived and painted
1975 - 2010 First exhibition with Bryant Galleries. Annual solo shows in various BG locations -
1980 Commissioned to travel to Israel and Egypt to produce large series of
1981 Publication of The Poetic Realism of Alan Flattmann by Joyce Kelly.
1982 Solo Exhibition at the Oklahoma Arts Center, Oklahoma City, OK.
1985 "Best of Show" - Kansas Pastel Society National Exhibition.
1987 Publication of The Art of Pastel Painting by Alan Flattmann.
1991 Awarded Master Pastelist designation, Pastel Society of America.
1996 The American Artist magazine’s Art Masters Teacher Award for Pastel.
2002 Publication of Alan Flattmann’s French Quarter Impressions by
2004 "Best of Show" - Eighth Biennial Nat. Exhibit, Pastel Society of N. Florida.
2007 Inducted into the Master Circle of the IAPS
2008 Paintings featured in the International Pastel Festival Exhibition of
2009 "Joseph V. Giffuni Memorial Award" - Pastel Society of America.
2010 Featured in reference books: Best of America Pastel Artists &
2011 New Gallery Afflilations:
BOOKS FEATURING ALAN FLATTMANN'S WORK
Kemp, John. An Artist's Vision of New Orleans: The Paintings of Alan Flattmann, Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing Co. 2014
A Unique Slant of Light: The Bicentennial History of Art in Louisiana, p.260, edited by Michael Sartisky Ph.D, Richard Gruber Ph.D & John Kemp, Published by Louisiana Endownment for the Arts, 2012
Best of Worldwide Artists Working in Charcoal, Pastel, & Pencil. pp. 59-60, Williamsburg, VA: Kennedy Publishing, 2010
MAGAZINE ARTICLES FEATURING ALAN FLATTMANN'S WORK
Kemp, John R., "Alan Flattmann: Nuances of Light", Plein Air. May 2013, pp. 38-42.
Hevener, Anne, “The French Connection,” The Pastel Journal. February 2009 pp. 48-55.
Editors, “Alan Flattmann,” American Artist. July/Aug. 2007 pp.14-15.
Kemp, John, “Alan Flattmann: Controlling Paint Application for Better Results,” American Artist Workshop.
Carsten, Robert, “Hallowed Hall,” The Pastel Journal. February 2007, p. 8.
Flattmann, Alan, “Heightened Atmosphere,” The Pastel Journal. June 2006, pp. 58-59.
Creevy, Bill, “Alan Flattmann Deals with Katrina – a summer of too many storms,” PSA Pastelagram. Winter 2006, pp.8-11.
Moore, Joanne, “The Best Souvenir,” Artist’s Sketchbook. Feb. 2005 pp. 34 -39.
Price, Maggie, "Workshop Instructors Tell All,” The Pastel Journal. June 2004 pp.42-43.
Landry, Jamey, “Jazzing with Pastels,” Inside Northside. Ap.-May 2004 Cover & pp.18-19
Paisner, Claire, “Book Review – Alan Flattmann’s French Quarter Impressions,” PSA Pastelagram. Winter 2003 p. 20.
Kemp, John, “Alan Flattmann’s Vieux Carre Impressions,” Cultural Vistas Summer. 2002 pp. 41 – 49.
Price, Linda, “Painting an Old City in a New Way,” Watercolor. Summer 2001 pp.57 -63.
Price, Linda, “Selecting a Surface,” American Artist. Feb. 2001 Cover & pp. 48-53.
Price, Maggie, “Alan Flattmann,” The Pastel Journal. Jan./ Feb. 2000.
Editors, "Special Awards Issue", Pastel Artist International. Nov./Dec. 2000 pp. 8 & 13
Editors, “Alan Flattmann,” Art Masters (American Artist Pub.). 1996 pp. 47-49.
Flattmann, Alan, “Combining Sketching & Watercolor Painting,” Watercolor. Winter 1995 pp. 82 -87.
Kemp, John, “Alan Flattmann: Pastel Poet,” New Orleans Magazine. April 1987 pp. 24 – 27.
Burton, Marda, “Alan Flattmann Among Unknown Men,” New Orleans Magazine. July 1981 pp. 54-56.
Burton, Marda, “Alan Flattmann No Subject too Common,” Southwest Art. Sept. 1980 pp.78-85.
Editors, “Alan Flattmann Painting a Poetic Realism,” Southern World. Dec. 1980 p.6.
Marshall, Keith “Alan Flattmann’s Reflections of the South,” American Artist. July 1979 pp. 56-59 & pp. 104-109.