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Alan Claude Com
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42 Grant Street
Farmingdale, ME 04344
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Retail & Wholesale

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The Maine Lighthouse Print Collection Series by award-winning graphic artist Alan Claude is a dramatic and bold interpretation of Maine lighthouses and their surrounding environments. With colorful contrasting imagery, dimensional light and shadow, these six classic travel posters illustrations bring forward the strength and spirit of each Maine lighthouse.

Influenced by American realist painter Edward Hopper and European travel posters of the 1920’s, Alan Claude's challenge was to create an original series with a certain freshness of expression. Throughout the 20th century only a handful of lighthouse travel posters were ever made. "I wanted to reflect in this series the way I felt about lighthouses." Working in various mediums including pen & ink, photography, and digital illustration, the Maine Lighthouse Print Collection Series is a way to honor these national historical treasures. In 2004 Alan Claude and his fiancee Erin exchanged vows at Marshall Point Light in Port Clyde, Maine. This wonderful experience and consequential visits to other lighthouses on the beautiful Maine coast inspired Alan to create the Maine Lighthouse Print Collection Series.
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Alan Claude was born in Virginia in 1967. Four years later Alan and his family moved to the town of Biarritz in the South of France. This is where Alan, his brother Chris and their recently divorced French mother spent the next six years. In the summers while their mother worked as a cleaning lady, Alan and Chris played all day at the beach where a very tall lighthouse stood on a nearby cliff almost as though it was keeping watch over them. This is where Alan’s affection for lighthouses began. In 1980 Alan moved to San Francisco where he spent the next 23 years. In spite of receiving A’s in art he did not elect to go to art school.

After dabbling in various small businesses including a gift store and an art greeting card company, Alan, working as a graphic designer, teamed up with a friend in the advertising industry. Then in 1996 an opportunity arose to design something different, a series of beer logos for a new restaurant, The Beach Chalet, located at the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Inspired by local historical events and places Alan illustrated the beer logos in a retro poster style. The beer logos were a big hit and still are to this day. In 1998 with Point Bonita lighthouse overlooking the entrance of the Golden Gate,

Alan Claude and Erin Skehan started ACES Design. Named after their first initials, they designed corporate identities and advertising for companies all over the United States. The internet allowed ACES Design the freedom to live anywhere so they moved to Maine (Erin’s home state) where they could start a family while still keeping their clients. One early September morning in 2004, Alan and Erin exchanged vows at Marshall Point Light in Port Clyde, Maine. This wonderful experience and consequential visits to other lighthouses on the beautiful Maine coast inspired Alan to create his Lighthouse Collection Series.
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Retail locations carrying this member's products:
  --- or buy at http://www.alanclaude.com
  Downeast Art & Framing, South Portland, ME
  It's a Maine Thing - Ellsworth, ME
  Lighthouse Depot, Wells, ME
  Maine Maritime Museum Store Bath, ME
  Mainely Frames & Gallery - Portland ME
  Portland Head Light Museum, Cape Elizabeth ME
  Stonewall Kitchen, York, ME
  Window Panes - Bar Harbor, ME
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