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Allen Forrest

The Graphic Artistry of Allen Forrest


Bay Area Figurative Revisited James Weeks Two Musicians

Bay Area Figurative Revisited James Weeks Two Musicians



Bar Area Figurative Revisited – Joan Brown 1



Bay Area Figurative Revisited – Joan Brown 3


german expressionism revisited alexej jawlensky

German Expressionism Revisited Alexej Jawlensky



German Expressionism Revisited Otto Dix



German Expressionism Revisited Otto Mueller


Cuba Cars 2

Cuba Cars 2



Cuba Cars 5



Jacob Lawrence Revisited – Blind Beggars



Jacob_Lawrence Revisited – Study for Munich Games



City Life Model



City Life – Woman and Man



Gastown Railroad Yard – Vancouver, BC


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
them 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.



allen forrestBorn in Canada and bred in the U.S., Allen Forrest has worked in many mediums: computer graphics, theater, digital music, film, video, drawing and painting. Allen studied acting in the Columbia Pictures Talent Program in Los Angeles and digital media in art and design at Bellevue College (receiving degrees in Web Multimedia Authoring and Digital Video Production.) He currently works in the Vancouver, Canada, as a graphic artist and painter. 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 the Bellevue College Foundation’s permanent art collection. 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.

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