Allan West

Allan West


Allan West: He is an American Nihonga painter who has been in Japan for more than 25 years. He graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University, College of Fine Arts, and has a Master of Fine Arts from the Tokyo University of the Arts.

"The energies and vitality of nature, though unseen, are nevertheless real. I see it as my job to make them visibly tangible. I see elements of nature as metaphors for man unaffected by his chaotic environment. I have chosen traditional Japanese materials because of their inherently natural origins, and because of their fluid responsiveness to my brush. I found the Japanese folding screen painting (byobu) format with its three dimensional surface to be ideal for creating the kind of depth I had been aiming for. The world within the painting seems to continue on beyond the boundaries of the paintings surface. With the articulated and reflective metallic surfaces, the works appear to change as the angle of viewer and the light change."

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