Seattle Blues | Paintings

By Allen Forrest

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By Allen Forrest

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About Allen Forrest

Born in Canada and raised in the U.S., Allen Forrest is an artist of many mediums, including oil painting, computer graphics, theater, digital music, film, and video. He studied acting at Columbia Pictures in Los Angeles and digital media in art and design at Bellevue College in Washington. He holds degrees in web multimedia authoring and digital video production.

Self-portrait by Allen Forrest.
Self-portrait, by Allen Forrest.

Allen’s artwork has been featured in many literary publications, including The MacGuffin, New Plains ReviewBlotterature, Gargoyle Magazine, and Pilgrimage Press. His paintings have been commissioned for private collections in Oregon, Washington, and Illinois, and are on display in the Bellevue College Foundation’s permanent art collection as well as at civic buildings and other venues throughout the Seattle region.

His expressive drawing and painting style is a mix of avant-garde expressionism and post-Impressionist elements, creating unique emotion on canvas in a manner similar to such masters as van Gogh. “Painting is a cross between a crap shoot, finding your way out of the woods, and performing magic,” he says. “When I paint I feel like I am walking a tightrope–scary, exciting, quiet, and surprising–always leading me where I never expected to go. I lose all sense of time and place and enter a long moment of creating. The colors are the message: I feel them before my mind has a chance to get involved. Color is the most agile and dynamic medium to create joy. And if you can find joy in your art, then you’ve found something extraordinary.”

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