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Paintings Bursting with Life by Allen Wittert

A brightly coloured acrylic painting of a city skyline, with imaginitive perpectiveI'll have a Manhattan, acrylic on canvas

Allen Wittert’s figures and portraits have something almost Cubist in them – perhaps the way the artist composes his subjects using coloured shapes and dark outlines, or perhaps the scenes that seem to combine many different physical points of view into one imagine in which the perspective is slightly and interestingly skewed. Either way, Allen creates paintings bursting with life.


An abstract painting with layered shapes and bright coloursOrbiting Drone, acrylic on canvas


A page of paintings of boats by Allen Witter on his websiteBoat paintings by Allen Wittert on his online portfolio

The vibrant, splashy colour palette is what first draws me into Allen’s work, and certainly it leaves a lasting impression. Allan has an impressive range of technical skill with paint, and seems to know what painted subjects will demand what sort of treatment. In his floral works, he can get get away with sparse shadowing and perspective, instead focusing on large, lush blooms – whereas in his paintings of boats and other vessels, he tends to favour a slightly more subdued palette and a more realistic figure-ground relationship. It seems that Allen’s varied artistic experience informs his entire body of work, with different skills shining at different times.


An abstracted painting of a colourful bouquetBig Bouquet, acrylic and housepaint on canvas

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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