Brian Allan:
abstraction and more abstraction

I believe that my fascination with abstract imagery can be traced back 15 or 20 years to my interest in Mandala art. As I began creating my own mandalas, I found  myself hopelessly smitten by what I considered to be pure geometric form. I was especially keen on the equilateral triangle and its many polyhedral configurations.  I was so obsessed with symmetrical forms that for many years I could think of little else. I drew them in endless combinations of shape and color. It was not until much later that I began to explore the possibilities of asymmetrical forms. Subsequently I have spent the past several years pursuing some imaginary middle ground, still in awe of pure geometric form and yet increasingly consumed by its antithetical counterpart. I seem to believe that  the chaos of my current free form work can somehow interface with the symmetry and balance of my former geometric style.

My images usually begin as acrylic or water color paint applied to either canvas or paper.  Much of my work is completely spontaneous, relying on the image in progress to stimulate my sense of direction. Sometimes I will get a new idea for applying paint or a clear vision for how an image could look and then proceed with abandon. Some of my work is scanned and then digitally enhanced and then output as an Iris Giclee Print on paper or canvas. My originals are becoming larger and larger as I begin to feel more comfortable with various techniques. I thoroughly enjoy the process of finding new and different ways of applying and effecting paint. I would have to say that I consider the color selection process to be the most stimulating and rewarding aspect of my work. I have always been hyper sensitive to color and have conceived my own theories about rendering powerful combinations, in spite of the fact that the actual science of color theory tends to throw me for a bit of a loop.

Though I have had a strong desire to make things since early childhood, I have tended to scatter what talents my ancestral benefactors may have given me. Much of my childhood was consumed with competitive tennis. Despite the demands and rigors of the junior tennis circuit I always found time to endeavor some sort of creative enterprise. I eventually quit tennis much to the disappointment of my parents and coaches. I was later to play some pro tennis in my mid twenties, but that would be fairly short lived. I picked up the craft of fine woodworking in my very early twenties and have continued with it on and off for more than twenty years.

In my mid twenties to my early thirties I was living in the jungles of Hawaii. Living in tents, caves, and trees for nearly seven years, I was always indulging some sort of artistic endeavor. I became proficient at fashioning my own clothing, which mainly consisted of cut fabric that would wrap and tie.  Later I became involved in designing Head and Bodywear for men and women and tried unsuccessfully for several years  to launch my own line, I did however come very close on a couple of occasions. I still have all my designs and patterns and intend someday to have my abstraction become print on fabric.  For the past ten years or so I have been supporting my addiction to  abstract painting by designing and  building fine cabinetry and furniture.

It is my conviction that the need to create is one of the common threads of all mortal creatures. Creation is all and all is Creation...has been my personal mantra for many years. I believe that all mortals create... speaking, writing, even thinking are acts of creation. God is capable of bringing into existence... personalities, energy, matter...all by pure thought. Having within us His divine spark, mortals share some small capacity and remote instinct to create. Evolution may take  millions of years to biologically equip creatures for transition to mortal mind. But once acquired the recipient can choose to transcend the realms of time and space and begin the long journey toward the first source and center...

"Ultimately, I view my inspiration for the creation of abstract images to be the never-ending fluctuations of energy and matter as seen in interstellar space. I believe these far-flung aggregations of evolving matter to be the essence of truth and beauty. In my opinion, this endless evolution of chaos toward order represents the highest level of absolute potentialities, a timeless representation of a seemingly endless universe." Brian Allan

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