Born in 1939 in Belfast, Alan Gouk studied Architecture at Glasgow School of Art then in London, before studying Psychology and Philosophy at Edinburgh University. As Exhibitions Officer with the British Council from 1964-7, Gouk helped to organise the British pavillions at the Sao Paulo, Paris and Venice Biennials. Through recommendations of Caro, King and Witkin, Gouk was offered a teaching job at the St Martin's Sculpture Department. In 1967 Gouk was a prizewinner at the John Moores Liverpool exhibition, and for a second time in 2002. Gouk's work was included in shows at the Hayward Gallery, London, and the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford. Gouk's paintings are in the collections of the Tate Gallery, London; the Arts Council; the Scottish Arts Council; and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation among others. Alan Gouk lives and works in Montrose, on the east coast of Scotland.