Allen Forrest takes the surface of his paintings to a breaking point. So overloaded with thick paint that the viewer is aware not only of the downtown scene’s of traffic and apartment stores, but simultaneously of the plasticity of the surface. The experience of the city is beautifully captured and embodied within the material qualities of paint.
Painting is a cross between a crap shoot, finding your way out of the woods, and performing a magic act. Each time I begin to paint I feel like I am walking a tightrope—sometimes scary, sometimes exciting, sometimes very quiet, and always, always surprising; leading me where I never expected to go. Doing art makes me lose all sense of time and place and go inside one long moment of creating.
Whenever I feel a painting in my gut, I know this is why I paint. 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 worth holding on to.