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Leslie Allen: Cadenza
July 2 - July 31, 2013
Reception for the artist: Friday, July 12, 6-8pm
Leslie Allen at Seager Gray Gallery_My Sausalito II
Setting fire to something can sometimes be a wonderfully creative act, provided that the fire continues on.
Charles Baxter, (writing on David Byrne / Talking Heads “Burning Down the House”)

Born in Alamogordo, NM and raised in El Paso, TX, Leslie Allen grew up in the scorching high desert and relief from the burning heat was found in excursions to the nearest pool or field trips to distant lakes. From early on she has had a fascination with fire and water. She has said that she had fantasies at an early age of setting fires for the thrill of extinguishing them. This speaks to a longing for intensely felt experience, a physical interaction with her world that she finds in painting, where an artist can be immersed in the medium. The title for the exhibition, Cadenza refers to a portion of a concerto in which the orchestra stops playing, leaving the soloist to play alone in free time. The Cadenza is reserved for accomplished soloists who can be relied upon to improvise without losing the tone of the piece, often providing a showcase for their virtuosic talent.

Nearly 30 years ago, Allen leased her first studio in Sausalito overlooking the water. She had come to Northern California to raise her young daughter and brought with her a fierce determination and a work ethic that would not be suppressed. “It is true that I seem to paint as though my feet are on fire,” she says, “mostly because I have no idea when I approach a canvas what’s going to happen or how I will face the challenge of blankness or marks already there, and also because my available time to paint is too limited.” Her exhibition, Cadenza celebrates these thirty years with a body of work that is a triumph of classical modernism, channeling with new vitality the spirit of her greatest influences, Richard Diebenkorn and Henri Matisse.


Leslie Allen

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Leslie Allen: Cadenza
 
formatting Leslie Allen showing A Grand Day Out For SP a abstract oil painting at Seager Gray Gallery_ Mill Valley_ CA near San Francisco.
A Grand Day Out For S & P
 
formatting Leslie Allen Arpeggio an abstract oil painting showing at Seager Gray Gallery located in Mill Valley_ California.
Arpeggio
 
formatting Leslie Allen Blue Dory an abstract oil painting showing at Seager Gray Gallery located in Mill Valley_ California.
Blue Dory
 
formatting Leslie Allen For Pink an abstract oil painting showing at Seager Gray Gallery located in Mill Valley_ California.
For Pink
 
formatting Leslie Allen at Seager Gray Gallery showing Loop the Desert a painterly abstract oil painting.
Loop the Desert
 
formatting Leslie Allen at Seager Gray Gallery showing Loop the Ocean a painterly abstract oil painting.
Loop the Ocean
 
formatting Leslie Allen My Sausalito I is a abstract oil painting showing at Seager Gray Gallery located in Mill Valley_ California.
My Sausalito I
 
formatting Leslie Allen at Seager Gray Gallery showing My Sausalito II a painterly abstract oil painting.
My Sausalito II
 
formatting Leslie Allen at Seager Gray Gallery showing Ode to RD a painterly abstract oil painting.
Ode to RD
 
formatting Leslie Allen In Praise of Maize is an abstract oil painting showing at Seager Grey Gallery located in Mill Valley_ California.
In Praise of Maize
 
formatting Leslie Allen Rain Glory an abstract oil painting showing at Seager Gray located in Mill Valley_ California.
Rain Glory
 
formatting Leslie Allen Someone I Used to Know an abstract oil painting at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley_ California.
Someone I Used to Know
 
formatting Leslie Allen Sunny Reprise an abstract oil painting showing at Seager Gray Gallery Mill Valley_ California.
Sunny Reprise
 
formatting Leslie Allen at Seager Gray Gallery showing The Kiss a painterly abstract oil painting.
The Kiss
 
formatting Leslie Allen Twins an abstract oil painting showing at Seager Gray Gallery located in Mill Valley_ California.
Twins
 
formatting Leslie Allen at Seager Gray Gallery showing Wall of Tales a painterly abstract oil painting.
Wall of Tales
 
formatting Leslie Allen Winter Ivory a abstract oil painting showing at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley_ California.
Winter Ivory
 
formatting Leslie Allen Winter White an abstract oil painting showing at Seager Gray Gallery located in Mill Valley_ California.
Winter White
 


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