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Salesroom Artist: Allan Wash

(Image: Allan Wash, Esoteric II, August 2013 Acrylic on Canvas 30 X 30- X 1.5 Inches; © wash creative 2013)


Allan Wash (b. LaCrosse)

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.

Education: BFA, Communications/Fine Arts, Minneapolis School of Art/University of Minnesota.


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Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 11/12/13

Allanw Wash / New York Art Review
Evoking Spirit: The Intuitive Transformations of Allan Wash Written by: Peter Wiley Certain timeless motifs that occur again and again in native cultures worldwide inform the art of Allan Wash, whose compelling acrylic paintings can be seen at Agora Gallery, 530 West 25th Street, from October 26 through November 15. (Reception Thursday, November 1, from 6 to 8 PM.) As a boy, during the notoriously cold winters of his native Minnesota, Wash dreamed of tropical climes and exotic cultures. Later, he traveled the world and became enamored of art and artifacts that, as he puts it, reflect "a pure, unadulterated vision." Although he holds an MFA from Minneapolis School of Art, and garnered over 160 awards in the course of a distinguished career as a graphic designer, as a fine artist Wash has been able to sidestep the pitfalls of sophistication and create paintings that unlike those of A.R. Penck and other "neo-expressionists" who reduce the primitive to a mere mannerism are refreshingly unbeholden to the trends and fashions of today. More in the manner of the original Expressionists, Wash draws energy from primal sources. The influence of masks and totems comes across prominently in paintings such as "Triangle" and "Origins." In the former, the nearly monochromatic palette enhances the power of the angular figures. Central to the composition is a figure resembling a formidable female deity. She is flanked by mask-like faces and jagged shapes possibly derived from tribal designs. Yet the picture appears to present a subjective interpretation of indigenous themes, rather than specific aspects of a particular tribe or culture. It is the deliberate expression of a man with very evident grasp of the civilized traditions he has rejected on principle and the ability to combine them with more intuitive methods in a highly evocative synthesis of opposites. In "Origins," the forms are more rounded than those in "Triangle" and the painting's combination of visceral red...

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