Robert Allen is an artist based in St Clement, who has used his immediate landscape as inspiration for his work, since studying in Cornwall and Milan between 2002 and 2006. His primary mediums are painting and drawing the seascapes of Jersey plein air (or outdoors), and will be exhibiting his artwork at Le Hocq Tower on 15th and 16th June.vvfv
Robert’s paintings have an urgency and energy that comes from painting directly in the landscape. He is influenced by artists such as Van Gogh, Monet and Cornish artist, Peter Lanyon, whose artwork has an immediacy that describes not just the physical aspects of a place, but the sensation of being there. Occasionally, the paint is affected by the rain or sand that has been blown onto the canvas, with Robert sometimes intentionally adding materials from the environment, including painting with seawater.
‘To stand in a landscape and paint what you see before as clouds and shadows constantly change is a true challenge. This is what makes plein air painting so exciting. Robert Allen has two such paintings in this show. Both pictures show an artist working with authenticity and passion’. Allan Drummond, Judge of the 2017 JJ Fox competition
Paintings by Robert Allen
Le Hocq Tower
15th – 16th June
10am until 6pm