Twenty months after her triumphantly successful exhibition, Cadenza, Leslie Allen demonstrates that she is an abstract painter at the height of her powers. This new collection of works reveal Allen’s continued ability to approach each canvas with renewed freshness, delving into the process with a deftness arrived at through a lifetime of creative exploration.
In the words of art critic, Jed Perl, “Abstraction. . .releases painters to approach experience in an extraordinarily wide variety of ways.” Allen’s paintings are a testament to the experience of a rich cultural life with references to art history, literature and an abiding love of music. A cello player herself, Allen’s most lyrical paintings surely take their cue from music. She paints with an ear for rhythm, tone and a love of subtle crescendos of movement and form. These are sophisticated intelligent paintings by an artist for whom abstraction is a native tongue.