Alan Male is an illustrator, writer and academic. He directed the Illustration Programme at Falmouth University between 1993 and 2010, leading it to become one of the most reputable with an international distinction for excellence, having a distinguished alumni, a recurrent and increasing level of demand and a continuous vindication from industry. He was conferred Professor of Illustration in 2009 and is now Director of Study for Illustration Research and promoted to the University Professoriate. He has lectured throughout the United States and is a keynote speaker on the international stage.

An authority on communication, historical and cultural studies, research, professional practice, science and knowledge bearing imagery, Professor Male contributes widely to debates across a range of national and international journals, conferences, magazines and learned papers. He is the author of ‘Illustration: A Theoretical and Contextual Perspective’ (AVA Academia), an undergraduate and post graduate recommended textbook published worldwide and in 30 different languages. It has received excellent reviews. His next book, ‘Illustration: Meeting the Brief’ (Bloomsbury) was published February 2014.

As a professional illustrator Professor Male has worked nationally and internationally across the advertising, media and communication industries and has illustrated and contributed to 170 commissioned publications. He has won numerous awards including Gold from the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles and a Texas ‘Bluebonnet’ for children’s books. Professor Male has exhibited in London, Arizona, Denver, at the Museum of American Illustration and has work in New York State Museum’s permanent collection where he has three times been recipient of the internationally acclaimed ‘Focus on Nature’ Jury Award.

Professor Male’s specific research interests include the history and influence of illustration on society with an emphasis on politics, propaganda and sensationalism. Other major work engages an interface between science and visual art practice and focuses on the creation and interpretation of new knowledge related to evolution and palaeo-ecology. He has collaborated internationally with aspects of his research having contributed to learned journals, television broadcast, exhibitions and publication.

Professor Male is a Member of the Society of Illustrators, New York and has a Research Higher Degree from the Royal College of Art, London.

He lives with his family in Cornwall, England.

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