"Western Tales" is a series of original paintings were I combine (literally!) Old West and New West. The pieces were inspired by how stories of the West were shared through dime store magazines and novels. Many featured "serial" stories about cowboys and life on the ranch -- all designed to captivate and entertain. I combine historic mastheads from these old west magazines with modern-day western images from my travels to create new western tales.

- Maura Allen

Western Tales | Blue

Acrylic painting on wood
Finished edges
Varnished and Ready to hang

Signed on side

14" h x 8" w x 2" d
2 lbs. 0 oz.



Maura Allen
Denver, Colorado

Getting to Know Maura

Maura’s work borrows techniques from pop art and subject matter from Western art to create a new genre in itself. “The way story and cinema, song and symbol, landscape and legends combine and contribute to our real and imagined view of the West is my focus,” says Maura. She starts each piece on location–rodeos and ranches–looking for iconic shapes that will translate well into her pop pieces. Maura continues, “In my studio, working on wood panel, glass and steel, I combine ‘Old West’ elements like vintage wallpaper designs, typography and other symbols with those modern day Western moments resulting in a confluence of old and new, historic and modern.” Drawing on inspiration from greats like Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg, Maura’s pop-Western fusion paintings make a bold statement.