Nebraska based artist Bob Allan was born and raised in the Midwest, an influence visible in his fearless fusion of industrial materials and in the strong earthen colors of his color palette.|
To date, his resume reads merchant seaman, longshoreman, truck driver, photographer for the U.S. Army, art director, film maker, pastor and school teacher.
Due to a recent, since resolved battle with blindness, Bob has a renewed appreciation for his natural talent in the visual arts.His weakened eyesight, rather than burdening the artist, has contributed to the unique, abstracted way in which he views and depicts the world.
Bob’s work exudes physicality.He alternatively excavates and constructs forms to create a complex topography across the surfaces of his works that effectively project light and shadow.His confident and often surprising combinations of various materials, textures, patterns, shapes and colors are reflective of his own fascinating multi-layered biography.
According to Bob, creativity is like a puzzle, the solution to which falls secondary to the means to get there.In his own words, “The act of creativity is much more important than the finished work.”This drives him to believe that many of his paintings are never finished but rather simply await another design intervention.