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Overlapping, Surreal and Fragmented: Paintings by Allie Jensen

A painting of some tree spirits wearing white gownsTree Huggers, acrylic and lace on deep wrapped canvas

Allie Jensen is an artist from Tulsa who uses an innovative style, informed by a background in watercolor painting and an adaptable artistic spirit. The works often feature nature in some way, though the subject matter is overlapping, surreal and fragmented.


A painting of a garden and statues with a unique layering effectWhat Did You Do?, acrylic on deep wrapped canvas

I really love the way Allie paints tree bark and branches – rather than painting the whole tree as a static object, she seems to build up the form out of numerous undulating, overlapping shapes. Elongated, wavy forms like locks of hair form the basis of branches, offering a beautiful sense of movement that makes the trees seem even more vivid than in real life.


A painting using fabric strips to add textureGarden Memories, acrylic and watercolor on deep wrapped canvas, textured with tulle, embroidered cotton and watercolor paper


Her works combined realistic figures and landscapes with surreal touches, like figures that appear camouflaged on the background, overlapping compositions of two seemingly separate scenes, and symbolic elements like birds and gemstones. In a few works, the artist uses hardened lace layered over her canvas and into the painting to create a sculptural element and add ethereal texture to the surface of the painting. 


The front page of Allie Jensen's websiteThe front page of Allie's website

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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