Artist Allen Wittert's expressionist paintings present the abstract, the figurative and everything in between. Each piece 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 style has evolved as he's moved around the world as an adult, including Connecticut, California, Texas and now England. 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."
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About The Artist
My subject matter has mostly settled on abstracts, figures, buildings and boating scenes. And what I try do is express and share the thrill I feel when light hits these subjects.
We now live in Houston, but I bring the bright light, the textures and the eclecticism of South Africa in my work.
I like the painting surface unpredictable, rough and scarred. I think this may be partly because I remember seeing my mother drawing funny cavemen in charcoal on a friends garage walls for their prehistoric themed party when I was five, and that pretty much made me want to be an artist.
Though I now feel the only way to make a painting is to plan a work using sketches, and sometimes rearranging things on the Mac before I start, I still usually go into the studio ready for anything to unfold.
Bachelor of Fine Arts