Since the 19th century, realistic landscapes, portrait paintings and life-like bronzes by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell have defined the Western art genre. While Maura Allen’s work starts with the realistic through her photography, the result is a dramatic departure from the genre’s traditional roots
The dominant theme of Allen’s work is life and landscape of the American West. The mythology of the West-solitude, strength, discipline, individualism, pride and promise-provide a source of imagery and inspiration. To create her work, Allen draws on more than 20 years’ experience in black and white photography. Like a journalist, she photographs in order to capture moments and elements that portray current day life. Using the serigraph (silkscreen) printmaking process, Allen is able to stretch beyond the photographic media and work on a variety surfaces, layer images and incorporate color and create rich textures.
Silhouette and high contrast imagery characteristic of serigraph printing gives Allen’s work a bold and simple appearance at first glance; yet, over time, the detail and complexity of each piece continue to be revealed.
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Allen now lives with her husband, a furniture maker, in Colorado.
Western Heroes of Pulp Fiction. Tucson Museum of Art, 2015
Cheyenne Frontier Days Western Art Show. Old West Museum, Wyoming, 2015
Corps of Discovery: On the Trail with Lewis & Clark (solo show). Pearce Museum, Texas 2014
The New West. Denver Arts Commission, Colorado 2014
A New Look at the West. Pearce Museum, Texas 2014
Gallery MAR, Park City: Group exhibitions in March 2010, July 2011, March 2012, March 2013, February 2015
Collecting the West. Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg, Arizona 2011
Western Medley: Visions West Gallery, Livingston, Montana. August 2008
The West Starts Here: Visions West Gallery, Bozeman, Montana. August 2007
Grand Opening Show: Legacy Contemporary, Scottsdale, Arizona. February 2007
Kendrick x 2: Zonal, San Francisco, California. September 2005
Emerging Artists: California to New York, Tucson, Arizona. October 2003
SouthwestArt Magazine | “The Santa Fe Trail” (2015)
Western Art Collector Magazine | “Art from the Other Half of the West” (2015)