The visionary art of Jon Allen grows out of the artist’s love for organic expression, the meditative aspects of nature and the textural potential of his materials. A marriage of industrial technique and visual grace, Allen’s pieces are able to portray light-hearted playfulness or hypnotic intensity with equal ease, and the prismatic quality of their reflective surfaces gives them a unique sense of movement and liveliness.
Allen was trained at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, an institution that has been providing training in design, media, fashion and culinary arts for nearly a half century, and he refined his style of abstraction by spending time in Europe, studying the centuries-old traditions of Western art and focusing his attention on the intersection of architecture and art at the peak of Modernism in the 20th century. He counts among his influences both abstract painters such as Paul Klee and influential architects like Frank Lloyd Wright.
True to the diverse range of art that has inspired it, Allen’s own work explores the fusion of structure and color, as he augments the rigidity of the metal in which he works with the fluid chromatic effects of paint. The result is art that effectively combines the analytical abstraction of the 20th century with the organic sensibilities of the 21st century.
Allen’s work has proven popular with collectors who appreciate the pieces’ clean, vibrant compositions, and his sculptures capture the attention of buyers looking for art that fits well into modern architectural settings. His work is held in collections in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia, and it is displayed in public spaces, hotels, corporate facilities and private collections. His work has been featured in more than 200 galleries worldwide.
Jon Allen has also placed work in many juried shows and received many awards, including Best of Show prizes. Allen remains actively connected to the arts community, maintaining membership in numerous art associations and guilds.
Medium: Metal Scuplture
These are a few of Jon Allen’s pieces -please click the thumbnail for a larger view.