Known for her vibrant and richly layered abstract paintings, Allan has for many years concentrated on rivers and tributaries as a source of inspiration and investigation. Her new paintings evoke the vibrational qualities of color and shifting relationships of water, weather, and land along Florida’s Gulf Coast, as well as other sites. For the artist, mixing and layering color over time—in response to her observed and felt experience—is at the heart of the private, even secret qualities of painting. The language of color is therefore a kind of shelter or sanctuary within which the questions and problems of painting—and, by extension, life—are confronted. Allan cites the 14th-century Sienese painter Simone Martini as an important source of inspiration for this particular body of work.
Rebecca Allan is a New York-based painter who has exhibited in the United States and internation- ally for more than 25 years. Her most recent solo exhibitions were presented at L’Eglise Americaine (Paris), Ringling College of Art and Design/Longboat Key Center for the Arts; Seattle Art Museum Gallery; John Davis Gallery (Hudson, NY); and Gallery 2/20 (New York City). Allan has been a Fellow at the Hermitage Artist Retreat, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Dorland Mountain Arts Colony.