2000 Standard Bank Young Artist award
For many people, Alborough is something of an unknown quantity, but this says more about the careful control he exercises over his career than the nature of his work. He is a multi-faceted, intelligent and fascinating artist who somehow manages to remain somewhat of an enigma. His work famously defies easy description and he seldom says anything about it himself. Listing the materials in which he has worked- cured elephant ears, plastic clothes pegs and armoured glass for example- can’t do justice to the multi-layered meaning and visual arrest of his work. It might also seem to preclude any number of media in which he may choose to work in the future. Alborough’s vocabulary is vast and its combination isunpredictable…
Alan Alborough was born in Durban, South Africa, in 1964. He has an MA Fine Art degree from Goldsmiths College, University of London (1997), and a BA Fine Art degree from the University of the Witwatersrand (1991). He has previously held the position of Associate Professor in the Department of Fine Arts, University of Stellenbosch (2000 – 2005), been a part-time lecturer at the Technikon Witwatersrand (1994-1996), and worked as the Exhibitions Officer at the Johannesburg Art Gallery (1991-1992).
He currently lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.
Alborough, born in 1964 in Durban, was educated in Johannesburg. He graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1991 with a BA Fine Arts degree and went on to complete his MA in 1997 at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He lives in Cape Town and is a senior lecturer in Fine Arts at the University of Stellenbosch.