Alan Purdom studied Graphic Arts at the National Art School from 1955 to 1961. During that time and until 1964 he studied oil painting with David Strachan and sculpture with the Lyndon Dadswell School. He also studied Interior Design.
From 1963 he worked in the field of craft for 2 years and then joined the new School of Architecture at the N.S.W. Institute of Technology before it became the U.T.S. During this period he also studied ceramics for 2 years.
In 1973 Alan moved back into the Southern Highlands and freelanced to the Federal Department of Education, designing magazines, educational and promotional materials. Alongside of this work Alan worked in the field of cartooning creating a weekly cartoon for Reid Publishing.
Alan joined the Southern Highlands Printmakers at its inception and has been a member ever since, exhibiting in most of the projects that the group has proposed.
He has worked with various techniques, starting with etching which he studied with Max Miller, then linocuts, collagraphs and serigraphy. Alan also developed a technique of stamping, in which colours are overlaid continuously in regular patterns, creating depth of tone.
He is represented in various collections.