This piece was more work in the thinking and worrying process, and less time in execution. I wanted to obtain a combination of some old style figures and faces but painted in an abstract way, based on the humorous etchings of Miro and the drawings of Rembrandt. I just felt like having a free and exuberant experience. So much of the drawing and scraping was done hastily with the side of a squeegee.

This painting is on a gallery wrapped canvas with finished edges. It comes ready to hang. 

- Allen Wittert

Napoleon, Shakespeare and Marilyn

Oil painting on stretched canvas

Signed on front

24" h x 46" w x 1.6" d
4 lbs. 5 oz.



Allen Wittert
Houston, Texas

Getting to Know Allen

Allen’s expressionistic works present the abstract, the figurative, and everything in between. Each painting is marked by a vibrant use of color–frequent choices include turquoise, violet, and yellow–along with strong, gestural brushwork. Allen has been a passionate artist since he was a child growing up in his native South Africa. His oeuvre has evolved as he’s moved around the United States as an adult, from Connecticut to California to Texas. According to Allen, he gravitates toward three motifs: women’s faces, architectural fantasies, and abstraction. “I work generally with one of those three in mind, sometimes closely from a specific sketch,” says Allen. “Add layers, scrape it off, leave marks, repeat.”