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    “Untitled Exhibition”


     Allen Forrest, artist

    Artist Statement:


    Painting is a cross between a crap shoot, finding your way out of the woods, and performing a magic act. Each time I begin to paint I feel like I am walking a tightrope—sometimes scary, sometimes exciting, sometimes very quiet, and always, always surprising; leading me where I never expected to go. Doing art makes me lose all sense of time and place and go inside one long moment of creating. Whenever I feel a painting in my gut, I know this is why I paint. The colors are the message. I feel their vibrancy before my mind has a chance to get involved. Color is the most agile and dynamic medium to create joy. And if you can find joy in your art, then you’ve found something worth holding on to.


    Please visit the Forrest Website: http://allen-forrest.fineartamerica.com/


    Publisher’s Message:

    Allen Forrest brings knowledge, kinetic energy, and mastery of craft to his visual works regardless of the medium he elects to express himself. This diverse exhibition only begins to scratch the surface of his imagination, integrity, and ability to tell a story from a purely visual frame of reference. His work envelopes the viewer in a complex set of nuances and emotions, and requires a second and third viewing to glimpse the subtleties of his imagination and provocative frame of reference.


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    About The Artist

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    Allen Forrest

    Allen is a graphic artist and painter born in Canada and raised in the United States. Mr. Forrest’s diverse works encompass several mediums: oil painting, computer graphics, theater, digital music, film, and video. Allen studied acting at Columbia Pictures in Los Angeles, as well as digital media in art and design at Bellevue College located in the Pacific Northwest. At Bellevue, he received degrees in Web Multimedia Authoring and Digital Video Production. Allen has created cover art and illustrations for literary publications such as New Plains Review, Pilgrimage Press, The MacGuffin, Blotterature, and Gargoyle Magazine. He is the winner of the Leslie Jacoby Honor for Art at San Jose State University’s Reed Magazine, and his Bel Red painting series is part of Bellevue College Foundation’s permanent art collection. Allen Forrest’s expressive drawing and painting style is a mix of avant-garde expressionism and post-Impressionist elements reminiscent of van Gogh creating emotion on canvas.