Artist

Allen Wittert
Walnut Creek, California

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Allen Wittert began illustrating at an early age. While still in high school, he worked as a freelance storyboard artist and cartoonist for Ogilvy Mather in Johannesburg and, subsequently, other top agencies during school breaks. He creates work with surprising patterns of color that come together in dynamic combinations and compositions. Allen finds inspiration in a diverse array of local sights, still life displays, and women. He says, "I am attracted to the rough and ready in content, application, and the picture surface." Fun fact: Allen often leads art camps at his children's schools, inspiring students to express themselves and make up wild characters. 

Artist and Customer Comments


Allen Wittert 8/12/2016 | 1:59 PM

Third large abstract off to collector in PA. a good abstract painting just keep on giving something different every time one looks at it. :} Thanks Scott.

Allen Wittert 5/9/2016 | 12:51 PM

Added a few new studio photos to my Ugallery profile page.. And also please browse my website to see if there's anything you like which I have in the studio, - if not represented on Ugallerys website, we can ask them to make it available.

Allen Wittert 4/26/2016 | 6:06 PM

Some new paintings have just gone up on my page, more abstract work coming more often from my studio, and I'm happy with the direction. Also appreciate the support I get from the clients of Ugallery :}

Allen Wittert 3/18/2016 | 4:00 PM

I [ and the other artists] just love getting emails like this from satisfied collectors- Hi Allen, I'm writing to let you know how happy my wife and I are with our purchase of M street shuffle. It looks fantastic in our living room. I am very interested in [ another painting which shall remain nameless t this time;}] . Since you are the artist, do you feel that the two paintings would compliment one another if hung in the same room? It appears as though the colors are mostly the same. Thanks Collector What then happened was that I asked the collector to send a photo of the two walls, which he did, and I photoshopped the other painting in on the adjoining wall, adjusting the lighting so both paintings looked like they were in the same room. I think it looked great.. hoping the collector will go for the other piece because now Ive seen how the two relate to each other, I'm psyched.. .

Allen Wittert 2/21/2016 | 2:23 AM

Thank you to 2016 collectors, I am so thrilled that paintings like big ol' M Street Shuffle, little Peachy Beachy couple, the floral Red Yellow Blue, and one of my favorite women, Intoxicating, have found new homes this year. It's very intriguing and gratifying to think that people I have yet to meet [hopefully] have seen some meaning in these works, which are my way of searching for meaning too.. That connection is a great energy to be part of.

Allen Wittert 12/26/2015 | 5:27 PM

Best holiday wishes to all! Six sales in the last month, with five of my faces going to the same collector in New York! Would love to see them hanging on their walls. Working on more faces and abstracts through the New Year. Thank you CAmilla, Samantha and Alex at Ugal!

Allen Wittert 10/12/2015 | 12:58 PM

Thats great to hear Techshafted!. And sorry, I just checked this blog out today after an absence from it, and was gratified that you wrote. And very happy that the painting is doing it's job.

techshafted 8/10/2015 | 5:53 PM

"Greco Roman in California" looks great in my living room! The colors really bring life to a large space. The shipping was professional and delivered in a timely manner.

Allen Wittert 6/24/2015 | 4:49 PM

Thanks Ugallery, for having recently sold a large abstract and a large classical womans head. I am excited to be getting more time in the studio, thanks to a great babysitter, Cassie. So, more boats, harbors, womans faces, abstracts and buildings on the horizon and on the easel. Thanks to all my collectors, your support and feeedback is invaluable , and much appreciated.

Allen Wittert 10/7/2014 | 2:21 PM

Thank you M, some new abstracts and flowers going up. Let me know what you think..

commentsSan Francisco Girl
M Schweitzer 9/27/2014 | 12:00 PM

"San Francisco Girl" Fabulous!

commentsTwo Sisters Living in the Woods
M Schweitzer 9/27/2014 | 11:54 AM

"Two Sisters Living in the Woods" - Fantastic piece. I look forward to see new art from California. - Best

Allen Wittert 8/21/2014 | 3:54 PM

Happy to be back posting new art from California. I'm sure it will have an influence on my work. I'll be using oils a little more as my studio now has better ventilation, but acrylics are still the go to choice for me. Although oils are so lusciously addictive, so I may yet eat my words.

Allen Wittert 5/29/2014 | 9:30 AM

We're moving to San Francisco in a month, and I will temporarily be off the Ugallery grid during that time while I set up a new work space / studio. This means for any collectors consdiering buying, now is a good time.;]

Allen Wittert 3/31/2014 | 9:29 PM

Looking forward to the Affordable Art Fair in New York on the 2 April,[ a day away..] my first showing in the city. I thank Alex at Ugallery for inviting me to show. I'll have about 6 pieces up, oils and acrylics. xxx

Allen Wittert 10/17/2013 | 9:41 PM

Working on some large abstracts and womens faces this month, but feel like I'll get the urge to paint more cityscapes soon, and when that happens you gotta go with it.

Allen Wittert 10/14/2013 | 9:12 AM

Looking forward to getting more abstracts done this year, I feel theyre a natural progression from the flowers and buildings, as I'm always trying to abstract shape and color in hose paintings. Abstracts are simply the purer form of this, with no help in having a recognizable subject. These are all about energy, depth, color and mood.

UGallery 10/7/2013 | 2:19 PM

Check out this great video of Allen painting a city scene! It's so great to watch an artists' process! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCOwdRekoxI

Allen Wittert 7/19/2013 | 4:45 PM

Ugallery is doing a great job getting artists names out there. I'm submitting a few more flower paintings to my listing. Happy to have sold "London Girls' a large oil painting recently to a collector in Black Rock CT

Allen Wittert 5/28/2013 | 9:22 AM

Thanks for those words S Cirami, I'm so happy when collectors get a jolt of joy whenever they pass by a painting I did. I'm sure all artists do.

Allen Wittert 4/23/2013 | 9:32 AM

Heading to the studio to try decide if I need to move to another quieter place or not. There is a studio about 2 miles away and I'm tempted I can use my mt bike and get a teeny bit fitter each day.

commentsBig Bouquet
S Cirami purchased this artwork. 4/16/2013 | 9:13 AM

My other favorite. This is just a giant burst of life in our otherwise muted foyer. What a great piece.

Allen Wittert 4/6/2013 | 8:32 PM

I was really impressed with the way Ugallery sent me the crates for shipping so fast, and how sturdy they were. Made me think, " Hey this is better than driving them to a gallery in my car." Lets me focus on painting in the studio!

Allen Wittert 4/1/2013 | 10:24 PM

Happy to report first sales with Ugallery,two large modern paintings of flowers. the packing boxes Ugallery sends to the artist is superb. Hope collectors are thrilled with them. I am busy preparing for new show on Thursday at my studio gallery the Armstrong GAllery in Bridgeport CT.

Allen Wittert 2/25/2013 | 11:24 PM

HAve not posted for awhile, but the work is always coming along..just been working at studio most of the day, coming home by 3.30 for the kids school bus, and then attending to online work and sales. All good, and I'm grateful. Working on some larger figurative paintings, and some smaller abstracts.

Allen Wittert 12/26/2012 | 4:52 PM

Day after Christmas and back at work, just uploaded Rainforest Song, a large [ 48 x 46'' ] acrylic painting. It's very colorful and for me conveys the sound of birds, running water and the idea of primitive man in paradise. Texture runs throughout the surface, giving an added dimension.

Allen Wittert 12/2/2012 | 9:38 AM

Working on more flower paintings and urbanscapes based in Bridgeport. A gritty street can be beautiful, with tons of interesting abstract shapes, overwhelming amounts of information, and tonal gradients, flashes of color and white specks etc.. similar to a vase of flowers in that respect.

Allen Wittert 11/22/2012 | 3:29 PM

Thanksgiving day, kids playing x box, not too noisy.. had a good morning painting, some street scenes and a young womans face. decided to use acrylics today as waiting for some layers to dry on a few oils.

Allen Wittert 11/17/2012 | 9:17 PM

A weekend of not doing much, stuck with with a bad cold. Or should I say a man- cold, meaning I could do with a lot more sympathy from my wife. ;] So sketching on Corel Painter, it's surprising how many times I've translated digital sketches to canvas. Doesnt matter wether its pencil or digital sketches as long as the information is there to get inspired and get painting, it's not important how it's drawn.

Allen Wittert 11/14/2012 | 8:41 PM

Had a good weekend at the studio on Knowlton st.. -the Bridgeport Art trail. though I live in Fairfied my studio is only five minutes drive away.. and lots of people did the rounds of the artists studios. Met a lot of nice folks and sold some paintings. It's great to talk to people and get to know them a little before they buy a painting. I really value and appreciate that my work will become a part of their lives. sometimes they send a photo of the painting in their living room or wherever, and I really get a kick out of seeing it breathing somewhere where it's seen and enjoyed.

Allen Wittert 11/14/2012 | 8:33 PM

Just posted ' Corner market' a few minutes ago. This paintings leads the eye down an interesting road,: from a deli on the corner, along a wall to a church and beyond. A young man walks along helping the direction even more. This strong diagonal is contrasted by the horizontal staccato of the white crossing marks on the road. The colors are based on reality, I use that as a guide but then have to satisfy my own color sense.

commentsGold Dresses
UGallery 11/9/2012 | 11:11 AM

Allen! Welcome to UGallery. We are so happy you decided to show with us. We featured this specific piece on the blog for our New Artist Spotlight. You can read the blog post here: http://blog.ugallery.com/post/35306275904/new-artist-spotlight-patty-forte-john-huerta-jr

Allen Wittert 11/5/2012 | 8:50 PM

First night of uploading some art for U Gallery. I feel good about it. Online is a new venture for me but Ugallery feels spiritually sound.

Moody Blue Woman
by ALLEN WITTERT


Oil painting on stretched canvas
One-of-a-kind
Signed on front
2016

40" h x 30" w x 1.25" d
7 lbs. 5 oz.

$2,450


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