Leslie Allen is an abstract painter at the height of her powers. This new collection of works reveals her continued ability to approach each canvas with renewed freshness, delving into the process with a deftness arrived at through a lifetime of creative exploration. These are sophisticated, intelligent paintings by an artist for whom abstraction is a native tongue.
“Making art is the way I gather in the world around me,” Allen says. “I draw on my own history, use the language of the materials, and concoct fiction that might just happen to resonate with others. I tell stories by way of quirky cartoons, moody landscapes, gestural figures, and large juicy abstract oil paintings, each revealing something about relationships, weather, attitudes, or just textures and the nature of paint.”