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Leslie Allen

Leslie Allen is a painter’s painter. She approaches the canvas without preconceived notions and allows the process to guide her through the painting. She immerses herself in the development of the painting as it occurs, responding to every mark with a keenly developed improvisational style. Allen relishes the pure color and movement of oil paint on the surface. She “listens” to the paint. She has worked out her own visual language through years of experimentation and exploration. These are sophisticated paintings with a keen sense of color, gesture and division of space.
 
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Leslie  Allen Leslie Allen Quietly Tethered Bold painterly Brush Strokes Abstract Expressionism Seager Gray Gallery Mill Valley CA San Francisco Bay Area
Quietly Tethered
 
Leslie  Allen Exit City to Milton Avery Seaside an abstract oil painting on canvas of bright pastels by Leslie Allen in Mill Valley California at Seager Gray Gallery in the San Francisco Bay Area
Exit City to Milton Avery Seaside
 
Leslie  Allen Chinese Lanterns by Leslie Allen an abstract colorful oil painting on canvas at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California in the San Francisco Bay Area
Chinese Lanterns
 
Leslie  Allen Leslie Allen Metro Parklets I and II Bold Painterly Brushstrokes Abstract Expressionism Seager Gray Gallery Mill Valley CA San Francisco Bay Area
Metro Parklets I and II
 
Leslie  Allen Leslie Allen My Mama Told Me Bold Painterly Brushstrokes Seager Gary Gallery Mill Valley CA San Francisco Bay Area
My Mama Told Me
 
Leslie  Allen Lone Writer Rider by Leslie Allen an abstract oil painting at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California in the San Francisco Bay Area
Lone Writer Rider
 
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Leslie  Allen

Leslie Allen

Leslie Allen Description


Leslie Allen is a painter’s painter. She approaches the canvas without preconceived notions and allows the process to guide her through the painting. She “takes the plunge” literally, and immerses herself in the development of the painting as it occurs, responding to every mark with a keenly developed improvisational style. Allen relishes the pure color and movement of oil paint on the surface. She “listens” to the paint. She has worked out her own visual language through years of experimentation and exploration. These are sophisticated paintings with a keen sense of color, gesture and division of space. Though you would have to relate her work to Abstract Expressionist paintings of the forties and fifties in their reliance and trust in process, Allen’s work is more lyrical than the New York school – less concerned with “not being beautiful”. Her color sense and gestural style might relate more to Joan Mitchell, but with an understanding of the structure and “bones” of a painting that relates more to Bay Area abstractionists such as Frank Lobdell or Richard Diebenkorn. These paintings invite you to travel through them and explore the sensations that arise from allowing yourself to experience the work.
 

Leslie Allen Statement


Leslie Allen
Artist's Statement

I set out to make art and simply do it by moving through it. I tell stories by way of quirky cartoons, moody landscapes, gestural figures, and large juicy abstract oil paintings, each revealing something about relationships, weather, attitudes, or just textures and the nature of paint. Making art is the way I gather in the world around me, draw on my own history, use the language of the materials, and concoct fiction that might just happen to resonate with others.
 

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