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Allan Wash

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Allanw

Birthplace
LaCrosse

Lives in
San Diego

Works in
San Diego

Website

Schools
Minneapolis School of Art, MFA
University of Minnesota/Minneapolis Studio Art, BFA

Representing galleries
Museum of Chianciano, Camden Gallery/Paris, france, GAGLIARDI GALLERY, London

Tags
mixed-media, sculpture, figurative, abstract, modern painting, neo-primitive painting, conceptual

Statement

My process probes linkages to primitive cultures, symbology and “spiritual magic” striving to discover the power of primal graphic cues and truth.  This path tends to contradict societal mass consumption, media overload and technology obsession.  My work explores “tribalism” and a love for primitive honesty, the patinated walls of fading paint, the brilliant colors of Mexico and muted earth tones of rural Spain, the utter simplicity of Africa and the convoluted complexity of the Middle East. I want my art to reawaken the primal connectivity that offers commonality to us all and to open other’s thoughts to the foundational origins that all art springs from. I believe in a beauty that reflects pure, unadulterated, vision, untarnished by  consumerism, superficial academic art criticism –– this can open up new thoughts and perceptions about what we are, where we are going and what we want our societies to be.  If my art stands apart, it is from whatever honesty, spontaneity, free expression is realized in my work. Painting/Sculpture for me is not a consciously developed process manufactured to be a “sensation, a scandal, a polemic, a mass audience event.”  I can only paint as I feel, paint what I like, what I love, what brings joy and pleasure to me.

 
CV

 

 

Exhibitions: 
 
Museum of Chianciano Biennale 2011
 
Three works by San Diego artist Allan J. Wash have been selected for exhibition in the Chianciano Biennale 2011. This prestigious curated museum exhibition is organized by the Chianciano Art Museum in Tuscany. It gathers selected well-known and emerging artists from all over the world, in the second most important Art Biennale in Europe after the Venice Biennale.
 
This exhibition is an opportunity for established as well as emerging artists to gain visibility at the international level, a challenging competition and an artistic event of notable quality. Talented artists are selected from all around the world with nations ranging from Chile to India, Australia to Germany and the USA to the Philippines with over 10,000 visitors.The exhibition is staged over the second week of September and includes over 10,000 visitors, art lecturers, international TV coverage, parades and ceremonies for the opening and closing awards, wine tastings, a charity wine auction and celebratory parties and dinners.
 
Three paintings accepted for exhibition at the Salon La Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts to be held in the Paris Louvre Art Complex. Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts SNBA highlights the multiplicity of trends in contemporary art and vitality. In the heart of Paris, in addition to French artists, this show hosts delegations from Brazil, Canada, People's Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, Spain, U.S., Japan, Turkey, Italy , United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany.
 
Awards & Achievements:
 
Artslant Award — 7th Annual, 2013 Showcase Winner, Sculpture
Biannale of Chianciano 2011 — Award for Artistic Merit, 3 paintings
Artslant Award — 6th Annual, 2010 Showcase Winner, Sculpture
Exhibition La Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts — Paris Louvre Art Complex, 3 paintings
Member Board of Directors, California Center for the Arts
Director Museum Committee, California Center for the Arts
Published book “Vision,” and exploration of Allan Wash’s photography/painting
Over 160 awards for creativity in television commercials & graphic design
 
Education: 
 
Minneapolis School of Art/University of Minnesota, BFA, Communications/Fine Arts
 
Awards & Achievements:
 
Artslant Award — 7th Annual, 2013 Showcase Winner, Sculpture
Biannale of Chianciano 2011 — Award for Artistic Merit, 3 paintings
Artslant Award — 6th Annual, 2010 Showcase Winner, Sculpture
Exhibition La Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts — Paris Louvre Art Complex, 3 paintings
Member Board of Directors, California Center for the Arts
Director Museum Committee, California Center for the Arts
Published book “Vision,” and exploration of Allan Wash’s photography/painting
Over 160 awards for creativity in television commercials & graphic design

 


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