Rebecca Allan
In Voltaire’s Garden
June 11 - July 14, 2018
Artist Reception: Saturday, July 7, 2018 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Rebecca Allan In Voltaire's Garden


Friendship is a trigger for the cultivation of wonder. It is also a springboard, giving us courage to take action, or to deepen our work as we learn from another's discipline. This body of work was created in response to travels in New Mexico, Kentucky, Lebanon, and Norway; and it is undergirded by the impact of friendships in those places—with naturalists, gardeners, and painters.  The landscape painter Robert Berlind (1938–2013), whose sharp elegance always reminded me of the playwright Voltaire, always made me think about the movements of vision and how we integrate the visible and interior worlds in painting.

 

My abstract paintings are catalyzed by the deep relationship that I have with deserts and deciduous landscapes, whether at the confluence of the Hudson and Harlem rivers that I see from my studio window, vibrant colors of gardens and in France or Lebanon, or the severe grandeur of northern Northern New Mexico.  I still believe that there is an essential place for the observation and translation of the landscape in our art. This is more important now than it has ever been, as the agencies of our government that are enlisted with protecting our wild lands and waters inconceivably refute that mission.

 

A painting, like a mountain, is a layered object. Beneath the "resolved" upper surface is a burial ground of efforts and failures that have been scraped away, reworked, slashed and jettisoned. Slashing, tearing, and flooding are forces that shape the land, and alter us. We are aware of these in relation to the rending of the ozone layer, or the devastation of streams filling with mining debris. In Voltaire’s play Candide, the naïve protagonist accepts that life is filled with difficulty, but he says that we must all cultivate our own gardens….and that is the only way—affirms his tutor, Pangloss—to make life bearable.  My paintings are, like gardens, an oasis for those who care about the enduring beauty of the landscape and who want to live in a world that contains the inconceivable complexity and ravishing beauty of the Earth.

 

Rebecca Allan

June 2, 2018

Grenadine Red Canyon (Abiquiu) Rebecca Allan
Grenadine Red Canyon (Abiquiu)
Acrylic and peel collage on canvas
2016
52 x 60 inches
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Landscape for 18 Musicians_Taos (after Steve Reich) Rebecca Allan
Landscape for 18 Musicians/Taos (after Steve Reich)
Acrylic on canvas
2017
30 x 40 inches
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Garden During the Eclipse Rebecca Allan
Garden During the Eclipse
Acrylic on paper
2017
5 x 15.5 inches
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Peach Landscape near Ojo Caliente Rebecca Allan
Peach Landscape near Ojo Caliente
Acrylic on paper
2017
5.75 x 8 inches
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Deep Purple Mesa Rebecca Allan
Deep Purple Mesa
Acrylic on paper
2016
6.75 x 9 inches
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Bitterroot Mesa Rebecca Allan
Bitterroot Mesa
Acrylic on paper
2017
6 x 8 inches
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Phosphorescent Mesa Rebecca Allan
Phosphorescent Mesa
Acrylic on canvas
2016
11 x 14 inches
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Lemonade Springs Mesa (for Wallace Stegner) Rebecca Allan
Lemonade Springs Mesa (for Wallace Stegner)
Acrylic on canvas
2017
11 x 14 inches
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Rain in the Arroyo Rebecca Allan
Rain in the Arroyo
Acrylic on canvas
2017
14 x 11 inches
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Black Mesa with Emerald Pool Rebecca Allan
Black Mesa with Emerald Pool
Acrylic on canvas
2018
24 x 18 inches
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Juniper Trees in a Culvert _ Taos_ New Mexico Rebecca Allan
Juniper Trees in a Culvert / Taos, New Mexico
Acrylic on canvas
2017
24 x 18 inches
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Rebecca Allan
Voltaire’s Garden (Love Letter to Lebanon)
Acrylic on canvas
2016
52 x 60 inches
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Ice and Moss Mountain Field Rebecca Allan
Ice and Moss Mountain Field
Acrylic on canvas
2015
30 x 30 inches
 
Rebecca Allan
From Geirangerfjord Norway to Pine Mountain Kentucky
Acrylic on canvas
2014-17
64 x 60 inches
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Tilting Sky and Grey Mesa Rebecca Allan
Tilting Sky and Grey Mesa
Acrylic on paper
2016
6 x 8 inches
 
The Pedernal with Lavender Sky Rebecca Allan
The Pedernal with Lavender Sky
Acrylic on paper
2016
6.5 x 9 inches
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Techtonic Choreography Rebecca Allan
Techtonic Choreography
Acrylic on paper
2013
5.75 x 17 inches
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Night River Near Geirangerfjord_ Norway Rebecca Allan
Night River Near Geirangerfjord, Norway
Acrylic on canvas
2014
11 x 13 inches
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Chaparral in Winter Rebecca Allan
Chaparral in Winter
Acrylic on canvas
2010
54 x 24 inches
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High Road to Taos along the Rio Grande Rebecca Allan
High Road to Taos along the Rio Grande
Acrylic on canvas
2017
42 x 50 inches
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