Photo credit: Laura Kaminsky
Known for her richly layered and chromatically nuanced abstract paintings, Rebecca Allan has for many years concentrated on rivers, tributaries, and watershed environments as primary sources of investigation. Her work explores the ecology, meteorology, and geology of the Northeast, Pacific Northwest, and the Gulf Coast. Working from a studio in the Bronx that overlooks the Harlem and Hudson Rivers, Allan is inspired by a deep appreciation for the beauty of the natural environment overlaid with an awareness of its fragility and endangerment.
Exhibiting in the United States and abroad for more than 25 years, Allan’s most recent solo exhibitions were presented at: ArtLab78 (New York), The American Church in Paris, Ringling College of Art and Design/Longboat Key Center for the Arts; Seattle Art Museum Gallery; John Davis Gallery (Hudson, NY); and Gallery 2/20 (New York). Allan has been a Fellow at the Hermitage Artist Retreat, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Dorland Mountain Arts Colony.
Allan received her MFA from Kent State University and BA from Allegheny College. She studied painting in Le Puy Notre Dame, France, with Richard Kleeman; ethno botany in the San Juan Islands (of Washington State) with Dr. Ryan Drum; and botanical illustration with Louise Smith.