Scottish born Allan Jack is a realism artist and works only with graphite pencil, he is self taught.
Allan studied art at the Glasgow School of Art in 1958, for one day. Exhausted by this experience, he decided to take a gap year from studies, which eventually stretched to 57 gap years. He returned to the art scene in 2017, concentrating on portraiture.
He has achieved moderate success in this genre, having participated in the 2018 and 2021 Mansfield Three Faces Portrait Art Prize, and winning the prize in 2021. He has exhibited in and around the Mansfield, Yea and Benalla areas and the AGRA gallery, and other galleries in Melbourne.
People and pet portrait commissions keep him busy during the year, and during quiet periods he will indulge and challenge himself with linear perspective, horses, birds and landscapes.
Each year Allan offers several free custom portraits to both age and invalid pensioners.