Justin Allen is an American impressionist who was born in Jefferson City, Missouri who specializes in painting realistic depictions of inanimate objects such as chairs, jugs and watering cans.
Justin Allen artist profile:
Allen first received a bachelor of arts from Webster University, which is located in his home state of Missouri before going on to receive a masters degree in fine arts from Hunter College in New York. Which Allen received in 2007.
Furthermore, Allen also spent some time studying at the prestigious Arts Student League of New York in 2006. In an effort to master painting life studies.
Technique and inspiration from the great masters:
While many of Allen’s contemporaries concentrate on creating abstract art of mixed media pieces, Allen stands out amongst his peers as he focuses on using the old masters’ techniques. Which involve using multiple layers of drawing and color in order to create beautiful, highly realistic paintings.
If you ever have the great pleasure of getting to view some of Allen’s pieces in person, it’s well worth taking a few minutes to look at all the fine brush strokes which Allen has used to create his masterpieces.
One reason why Allen’s profile is rising is that he also works hard to use complex techniques such as shadowing, in order to ensure that seemingly normal, everyday inanimate objects look fully fleshed out.
So if you’re a fan of impressionist work such as the work of the masters such as Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, and Matisse and are keen to follow the career of a contemporary impressionist, it’s well worth taking the effort to follow Allen’s career.
Over the years Allen has had his work reviewed and featured in a plethora of highly regarded international publications. Some popular examples of which include the Oxford American, The New York Times and The Journal News. Which is further proof that Allen is one of the most talented impressionist artists of his generation.
Successful solo exhibitions:
Justin Allen has hosted widely attended exhibitions in Jacksonville Florida, London England, New York, and Chicago. Some examples of the international galleries which have hosted some of Allen’s solo exhibitions include the Eleven Gallery in London and the Schueubbe Project, which is located in Dusseldorf Germany.
Successful group exhibitions:
As well as hosting numerous solo exhibitions, Allen has also worked together with fellow artists in order to host highly successful group exhibitions. As examples, Allen frequently displays his work in group exhibitions at the Robert Miller Gallery in New York. Where Allen has also hosted a few solo exhibitions.
Over the span of his career thus far, Justin Allen has won numerous highly contested prizes. As examples, Allen was awarded the 2012 Pollack-Krasner Award.
One of Allen’s most notable collections is Sidewalk Paintings, which features paintings of lone pieces of trash which Allen noted being discarded on sidewalks.
So if you’re interested in the sound of Allen’s work it’s well worth viewing some of Allen’s latest collections online or visiting a future exhibition in order to view some of Allen’s work in person.