Alan Dodd works as a designer and mural painter, generally in historic and sensitive architectural settings, as well as providing new work ‘in keeping’. He attended Maidstone College of Art and then the Painting School at the Royal Academy. He has been painting murals since the 1970s.
Projects have included the Pompeiian ceiling decoration in the New Picture Room at Sir John Soane’s Museum, reinstating the trompe l’oeil decoration on John Vardy’s balustrade for the great staircase at Spencer House, and the recreation of three large landscape canvasses after lost works by Zucchi for the Great Eating Room at Home House, 20 Portman Square. A special commission involved the creation of two large grisaille panels of classical figure groups for the central rotunda of the new Palladian house at Tusmore Park, Bicester, designed by the Whitfield and Lockwood partnership.
As well as the fifty-foot Cross set up outside Westminster Cathedral for Advent in 2000 to mark the Millennium, Alan Dodd also designs historicist interiors, small architectural features and garden buildings. He lectures on the history of furniture and decoration and, in 2004, he held an exhibition at the Georgian Group premises at 6 Fitzroy Square of his travel paintings featuring architectural subjects from the Grand Tour, which he created over a span of twenty years.