Alan Green was born in London; he studied at Beckenham School of Art and at the Royal College of Art in London. He originally trained as an illustrator and printmaker, taking up painting seriously in the 1960s. He used etching for intensive periods of printmaking activity, frequently participated in international graphic exhibitions and had a number of solo shows devoted to this graphic work. The final state of his etchings, as with his paintings, bear witness to the changes which have taken place in their making. In the suite of nine etchings, Four to One of 1976 he systematically reduced and re-worked the full-sized plates as used for White on Brown until the final plate in the suite, ¼ Black Diagonal, was literally one quarter of the original plate size. The suite incorporated virtually every intaglio technique and included the technique of screenprinting colour directly onto the plate for printing simultaneously with the intaglio inking.
Out of Print: British Printmaking 1946 - 1976, The British Council 1994

Further reading:
Alan Green Paintings 1969 - 1979, essays by Erich Franz, Martine Lignon and Bernd Growe, Kunsthalle Bielefeld 1979