Alan Russell-Cowan aka Alan Streets was born in London in 1969, his mother is German, his father English. He has been painting since the age of 8 and is primarily self taught. Alan believes that his schizophrenia has been the passion and inspiration of his painting, and that his painting has been the stimulus for the suppression of his schizophrenic symptoms. He paints obsessively and prolifically. He stars in the documentary ‘My Name Is Alan and I Paint Pictures', which covers six years of his life and focuses on the relationship between his diagnosis as a paranoid schizophrenic and his struggle to find success in the art world.
He specializes in stylized landscapes of London and New York City. He also paints imaginary visualizations of his perceived realities.