Jeanne Allen, BFA, MA, MS, Artist Statement
I paint concepts as I search for new perspectives to create my constantly evolving paintings. My art reflects what I experience in my real world. I look for color in nature everywhere, every day. The California climate and landscapes are a strong influence. I constantly marvel at the colors I see in the sky, or in the Pacific Ocean. Sunset and sunrise display the richest colors of pink, coral mixed with white clouds and blue sky. The ocean can be blue Pacific blue or dark navy, or silver with sunlight.
As a Color Field artist, I create large color shapes, lines and impressions in a full canvas of pleasant emotion with a favorable feel, void of politics and every-day disappointments. My work is executed expressively with emphasis on color and form, which simplifies and carries an emotional impact. I try to create a conversation between the colors in my art works and the viewer.
My styles span from impressionistic landscapes to Color Field abstracts, using Fauvist colors. I dream colors in my sleep and then construct the colors in shapes or lines of my paintings. Sounds and music lead me to other shapes, colors, and tints. Always, I like to listen to classical music or cool jazz as I paint.
Many of my paintings are created in water color technique, leaving the white of the canvas or paper to speak clearly with the applied colors. I believe my works speak with a stronger statement by using clear single layers of color and avoiding multiple muddy layers. I use acrylic paints applied with lush, loose brush strokes executed in a water-color manner or by pouring fluid paint to blend together.
My early paintings embraced formal realism. Subsequently, I began experimenting with Abstract Expressionism and discovered a preference for the bright, happy colors of Color Field painting. This led to creating colorful, radiant canvases from plein air and landscapes to abstract shapes.
I first explored innovative styles and techniques while studying for my BFA, when I was elected to Delta Phi Delta, honorary art fraternity. I absorbed strong colors into my painting during further studies in Mexico City. I have also studied art in France, Italy, Switzerland and Britain. I am a constant student of other artists, such as Diebenkorn, Frankenthaler, Pollock, Lundeberg, Francis, Monet, Derain, Van Gogh, and Calder.
Jeanne Allen artist of Plein air, Expressionism and Color-field.
Online: Art Slant Jeanne Allen
Jeanne Allen has received recognition since the 1950s, when in her twenties, she emerged as an artist who experimented with the transition from Abstract Expressionism to the Color-Field painting of the 1960s. While she is perhaps best known for her colorful radiant canvases of plein air and landscapes, it is her lush works of abstract acrylics with loose brush strokes executed in a water color manner which accentuate her growth and experimentalism.
She first experimented with aspects of her innovative style and techniques while studying for her BFA ‘53 at Kansas University where she was elected to Delta Phi Delta, honorary art fraternity.
During the mid 1950’s, Jeane Anderson worked as an art teacher at Celia Clinton School, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her credentials included a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Kansas University, an MA and MS. Before this she was employed as Art Education Curator at Philbrook Art Center, Tulsa.
Art studies, ancient pyramids, and the Cha-Cha were all part of the experiences of Jeane Anderson during her 1955 summer studies at Universidad de las Americas in Mexico City. .
The Universidad Art Workshop program included classes in oil painting and silkscreen on fabric. Other classes included lectures on Mexican culture, architecture, history, and archaeology, plus field trips to Teotihuacan, Puebla, Cholula and many sites in Mexico City.
Field trips included Palacio de Bellas Artes, the major art museum in Mexico City, the National Palaced the Museum of Anthropology. Lectures and study on site of paintings and murals of artists included: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Rufina Tamayo, Jose Clemente Orozco, Juan O’Gorman, and David Sequeiros. Fields trips to the pyramids at Teotihuacan, and to Puebla included an onyx factory, ceramics and tile production. Another trip was to a glass factory which produced mouth blown containers.
Cultural events included bullfights showing the extremely graceful and daring bullfighters. Music of Mexico gave another aspect of the culture such as Mariachis, folk music, classical, and contemporary dance music of the Mambo and Cha, Cha. Cultural extras included: ballets, concerts, plays, and performances.
Visits to various cafes, dining on local cuisine plus local produce markets in Toluca introduced many kinds of fruits and vegetables grown by local farmers. The whole summer school program included a broad spectrum of many cultural events. (1955)
She has also visited many art museums all around Europe and studied special art in Switzerland, France, Holland, and Italy.
Over the past several decades, the artist’s experimental works have assumed a stature equal to that of her works on canvas. Her masterful blending of colors and shapes catch the most highly charged and vibrant aspects of her art. Her skillful use of drawing, space and color redefines new light on her entire career.
Her work is executed expressively with emphasis on color and form in the Color Field Manner which simplifies and carries an emotional impact. Her styles span from impressionistic landscapes to abstracts using Fauvist colors.
She studied painting and drawing with Raymond Eastwood, oil with Frederic Taubes, Sculpture with Eldon Tefft and Bernard Frazier. Summertime was spent studying painting, silkscreen and cultural arts at Universidad de las Americas, Mexico City. She studied watercolor in various workshops, ceramics with Jane Heald, collage techniques with Jeanne Dunlap, oil painting with Lynn Borst, and Color Field in Santa Monica. She is a constant student of other artists including Diebenkorn, Frankenthaler, Lundeberg, Monet, Derain, Van Gogh, and Calder.
Her paintings and ceramics have been shown with the Malibu and Pacific Palisades Art Associations, Santa Monica Mountains Plein Art Artists, Rustic Canyon Gallery, The Ebell Club, and Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains, and all around Santa Monica. While teaching for Los Angeles she completed her Master of Arts and a Master of Science. Online: Art Slant Jeanne Allen
Awards, Juried Shows
1954: Philbrook Art Center show
1955: Honorary award: Chicago Art Institute
1955: Honorary award: Universidad de las Americas.
1990: PPAA: First: Mixed Media: Owls
1991: Finalist: Allied Artists of Santa Mountains
1991: May: PPAA: Oil: Temescal to Topanga
Watercolor: Malibu Lagoon
1991: Solo Show PP Library Gallery: March: Oil, WC, MM
1992: PPAA: Photography: Second: Barn At Capitol Reef
Oil: Third: Sierra; Plein Air
1992: April-May: Solo show: Glendale Federal Bank
1992: Ebell Club Group Show: Oil, WC: Photo: Mixed
1993: November: PPAA: Photography: First: Blue Boats
1993: Religious Art Show Pacific Palisades, CA.
2011: November: PPAA: Mixed Media: collage 2nd place
2012: May PPAA: Acrylic Abstract: Elba I; Intergalactic; Splash I
2012: November, PPAA; Mixed Media, photography
2013: April, PPAA, Juried Show:
2013: November, PPAA Juried Show, Drawing: 3rd Place
2014: Solo Show PPAA Gallery January-February: 44 Abstract Acrylics