Mountain Trails Gallery

George William Allen

George William Allen, born in 1948, is an award winning artist whose works hang in public and private collections throughout the United States. Vern G. Swanson, Ph.D., a noted author of several art books and Director of the Springville Museum of Art, which houses the primary collection of Utah representational art, describes George Allen's work:

"The artist's pigmentation is rich and succulent, while his brushwork is bold and responsive. He is a figurative artist who powerfully probes his setter's personalities. I like his continued studies into different genres. Lately he has painted still-lives; florals, vegetables and fruits. These too are painted with bravura and sensitivity. I have known George Allen for twelve years in my capacity as Director of a Museum specializing in contemporary realism. During that time he has entered and been accepted in numerous major exhibitions here and regionally. Awards have followed him, both at the Springville Museum of Art and elsewhere."

George Allen has lived and studied art in France, where he became directly acquainted with European art. He has also studied with Zheng Wen Xin, one of China's foremost representational oil painters, Alvin Gittins, Utah's most famous portrait and figurative artist, and Daniel Greene, the well known New York portrait and figurative painter. His work has also been inspired and influenced by Michaelangelo, Nicolai Fechin, David Leffel and Ann Marie Oborn. Like Nicolai Fechin, George Allen has been drawn to New Mexico, its people, and its strong tradition of supporting the arts. Although he is now a full time artist, for twelve years George Allen taught art at Salt Lake Community College, including still life painting, advanced painting, life drawing, and anatomy. His classes were always in high demand. He still teaches still life and life drawing workshops around the country, attended by many accomplished artists that have established reputations in their own right. His work has been featured in "Utah Artists," a respected book of work from Utah's best artists. 

Art is George Allen's breath and passion. In his own words, he describes why he is an artist:

"I believe that an artist's final work is a depiction of his or her impressions--emotionally, physically, intellectually, and above all, artistically. Hopefully the viewer will be able to sense and enjoy the impressions I am trying to convey, in each aspect of my paintings—from the subject matter to the color, strokes, texture, and treatment of light—you will find my personal signature. This is my interpretation of art as I believe it should be: enduring, evocative, consistent, and memorable."

 

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