The Graphic Artistry of Allen Forrest
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 Otto Dix
German Expressionism Revisited Otto Mueller
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
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.
Born 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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